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How to Search in File Explorer in Windows 10

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The Search Box in File Explorer allows you to find and view all your files and folders in one place.

As you type in the Search Box, a simple search through the index begins to match your typed text with folder names, files names, the contents of files, and file properties. It will then display the search results in File Explorer.

You can also perform an advanced search using Search Tools from the ribbon to find files or folders by date (taken, modified, or created), folder path, kind, name, rating, size, property tags, and/or type.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Search Box in File Explorer to perform a simple and advanced search for your files and folders in Windows 10.


Here's How:

1. Open the folder, drive, or network location you want to search within in File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Click/tap in the Search Box to have the Search tab for Search Tools in the ribbon available. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the Search tab of the ribbon, select the location filter ("This PC", "Current folder", or "All subfolders") you want to search in. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
Location Filter Description
This PC Search this pc.
Current folder Search only in the selected folder, and not in any subfolders.
All subfolders Search in the selected folder and all of its subfolders.
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4. Type what you want to search (ex: "*.txt") for in the Search Box to start a simple search. (see screenshot below)
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If you like, you can select a recent search from your search history to use instead.
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5. If you like, you can now perform an advanced search by using any of the Search Tools below to refine your search results.


 To use "Date modified" filter to refine search results by

A) In the Search tab, click/tap on Date modified in the ribbon, and select a date to search by. (see screenshot below)

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B) If you need to further adjust the Date modified filter, click/tap on it in the Search Box, and select a date or date range to search by. (see screenshot below)

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 To use "Kind" filter to refine search results by

A) In the Search tab, click/tap on Kind in the ribbon, and select a file kind to search by. (see screenshot below)

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B) If you need to further adjust the file Kind filter, click/tap on it in the Search Box, and select a different file kind to search by. (see screenshot below)

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 To use "Size" filter to refine search results by

A) In the Search tab, click/tap on Size in the ribbon, and select a file size range to search by. (see screenshot below)

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B) If you need to further adjust the file Size filter, click/tap on it in the Search Box, and select a different file size range to search by. (see screenshot below)

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 To use "Other properties" filter to refine search results by

A) In the Search tab, click/tap on Other properties in the ribbon, and select a file property to search by. (see screenshot below)

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B) Type what you want to search by in the Search Box for the selected file property. (see screenshots below)
Tip   Tip
For some common search syntax to use for this, see: Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)
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6. If needed, you could click/tap on search again in in the Search tab and select a different location to search in. (see screenshot below)

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7. If you like, you can save this search with the current filters to make it easier and faster to perform on demand. (see screenshot below)

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8. If you see the file or folder you were searching for in the search results, then you can select it, and click/tap on Open file location in the Search tab ribbon to be taken to its source location. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn


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