Windows 10: How to search

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  1.    29 Apr 2017 #1

    How to search


    How do you search the pc on windows 10. i don't see where i can look for my files on multi hard drives
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    Windows10 Home v. 1709 bld. 16299.371
       29 Apr 2017 #2

    You can right click the Start Windows icon and the pop up window has a search item. The keyword search block is at the bottom of the second panel.
    Last edited by jamis; 29 Apr 2017 at 12:41. Reason: clearification
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       29 Apr 2017 #3

    jamis said: View Post
    ... The keyword search block is at the bottom of the panel.
    No it's not - well not in 1607 or 1703. It will appear if you click Start and begin to type something though. Or just use the Cortana/Search box next to Start.

    Either way, it won't help for multi-drives, it only shows search results from indexed locations, so normally just the C: drive. One way to search on all drives is to open File Explorer at 'This PC' and use its 'Search this PC' box (to the right, near the top).
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  4.    29 Apr 2017 #4

    Cortana


    Bree said: View Post
    No it's not - well not in 1607 or 1703. It will appear if you click Start and begin to type something though.
    No such thing in start Bree?

    Cortana or Search Windows is the best place to do so. Search in start menu (screenshot) is just a shortcut of Cortana. File Explorer may help for multiple drives, but accuracy is better with Cortana and much more faster.
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  5.    29 Apr 2017 #5

    Wasi said: View Post
    How do you search the pc on windows 10. i don't see where i can look for my files on multi hard drives
    Instead of using Windows, you could use Everything Search Tool. This is a free search program with lots of great features . Lots of us on here use it. If you go to his site, choose his latest BETA release, its the best choice. Link below.
    voidtools
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  6.    29 Apr 2017 #6

    That's not Start, it's the Windowskey-X menu, but yes, a very good observation indeed. Like the previous poster, however, I also prefer Voidtools Everything myself. It's faster and seems more thorough for local storage items and elements.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       29 Apr 2017 #7

    MikeMecanic said: View Post
    No such thing in start Bree?
    No, there isn't - not on the left-click Start menu, anyway. But if you open the Start menu with a left-click and start to type something it will switch to the Search, just as if you used the Cortana/Search box.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       29 Apr 2017 #8

    Easiest way I find is to open file explorer navigate to This PC and enter the search parameters in search box, and make a coffee, ( I do have 8TB of storage on this system plus a couple of network attached locations. )

    I have added some, but not all areas to the search index so I will often get a warning that the search will take longer because of this.

    Obviously I will change the starting position if I have a better idea of the location of the items I am looking for
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    Windows10 Home v. 1709 bld. 16299.371
       29 Apr 2017 #9

    Bree said: View Post
    No it's not - well not in 1607 or 1703. It will appear if you click Start and begin to type something though. Or just use the Cortana/Search box next to Start.
    If I right click the start window icon at the bottom left of the task bar, I get a pop up that has a search option fourth from the bottom. If I left click on the search entry, I'll get a secondary panel (Cortana) that has a keyword search block at the bottom. Guess I should have specified that on the first post.
    Last edited by jamis; 29 Apr 2017 at 12:43. Reason: clearification
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  •    29 Apr 2017 #10

    Thanks, i went with everything search tool nice product indeed
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