Windows Search – Advanced tips (part 3 of 5)

One of the most useful features of Windows is its Search; Search lets you locate your files and folders instantly. With Windows 7, Search has become an integral part of Windows, for Windows XP and Vista you can download Windows Search 4.0 to gain the same functionality.

The true power of Windows search is Advanced Query Syntax (AQS). With AQS your searches can be extremely efficient in locating your files and e-mails in Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP. AQS lets you to quickly define and narrow your searches.

Making your searches specific is as simple as defining a variety of keywords, or search parameters, which allow you to  restrict your query to specific file types, specific locations, or properties within those types, or specific “file kinds”. At the top of the Windows Search Explorer, File kinds are displayed, which you can access by pressing the Windows Logo + F.

This is the first in a three part post to help you unleash the power of Microsoft Windows search and AQS

Part One    – we introduce AQS using Numbers and Dates
Part Two   – adding Names to your searches
Part Three  – using searches with File Properties
Part Four   – discusses Searches for data in Microsoft Outlook
Part Five   – the final post discuses Searching by File Type and their search items

Search Syntax for Common File Properties

To restrict by file type Use Example
E-mail email kind:email
Communications communications kind:communications
Contacts contacts
Instant Messenger conversations im kind:im
Tasks tasks kind:tasks
Meetings meetings kind:meetings
Notes notes kind:notes
Journal entry journal kind:journal
Folders folders kind:folders
Folder name foldername foldername:mydocs
Pictures pics
Documents docs kind:docs
Music music
Videos videos kind:videos
Recorded TV tv kind:tv
Programs programs kind:programs
Link link kind:link

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