Windows Search

Looking for something on your PC? What's your first instinct? If you use the web a lot, you probably start by looking around for a search box. Now, you can find things on your computer the same way. Introduced with Windows Vista, Windows Search helps you find virtually anything on your PC quickly and easily. Windows 7 also makes search results more relevant and easier to understand.

Looking for a file, e-mail, or application? While you can easily look through folders and menus, there's an even faster way. Just click on the Start button and you'll see a search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Just enter a word or few letters in the name or file you want, and you'll get an organized list of results.

Windows 7 uses libraries to show all content of a particular type in one spot. Say you've got photos in several locations on your PC. A lot will be in your Photos folder. But you might have some in documents folders too. Your photos library makes it easy for you to browse and use all your photos, no matter where they are on your PC.

By collecting things into a single view, libraries make it simpler to find what you're looking for. They're even more powerful with Windows Search. You can search your Libraries using filters to customize your search. For example, when you're looking for music you can search by album. Or search for photos by the date they were taken. You can go to your Documents Library, click on authors, and see all the documents on your computer sorted by author name.

Windows Search

Windows Search