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Windows Search – Advanced tips (part 4 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

Microsoft Outlook Calendar related searches

Property Use Example
Organizer organizer, by, from organizer:jonas
Location location location:calgary
Recurring isrecurring
recurring
isrecurring:true
recurring:true

Microsoft Outlook Contact Related searches

Property Use Example
Job title jobtitle jobtitle:manager
IM address imaddress imaddress:luis@adventure-works.com
Assistant name assistantname assistantname:roberto
Assistant’s phone assistantsphone assistantsphone:555-1212
Nickname nickname nickname:louis
Profession profession profession:accountant
Spouse spouse spouse:susana
Office officelocation officelocation:red/101
Pager pager pager:882-8080
Business phone businessphone businessphone:555-1212
Home phone homephone homephone:555-1212
Mobile phone mobilephone mobilephone:882-8080
Callback phone number callbacknumber callbacknumber:882-8080
Car phone carphone carphone:555-1212
Children children children:anna
First name firstname firstname:maria
Last name lastname lastname
Home fax homefax homefax:555-1212
Manager’s name manager manager:carlos
Business city businesscity businesscity:redmond
Business postal code businesspostalcode businesspostalcode:98052
Business home page businesshomepage businesshomepage:www.adventure-works.com
Birthday birthday birthday:tomorrow
Anniversary anniversary anniversary:yesterday

Microsoft Outlook Communications related searches (appointments and e-mail)

Property Use Example
From from, organizer from:simon
To address toaddress, to toaddress:mike@contoso.com
Received received, sent sent:yesterday
Subject subject, title subject:budget
Attachments attachments, attachment attachment:presentation.ppt
Has attachment hasattachment, hasattachments hasattachment:true
Cc address ccaddress, cc ccaddress:mike@contoso.com
Bcc bcc, bccname bcc:michael
Bcc address bccaddress, bcc bccaddress:mike@contoso.com
Due date duedate, due due:10/15/2008
Read read, isread isread:false
Is completed iscompleted iscompleted:true
Incomplete incomplete incomplete:true
Duration duration duration:>120
Has flag hasflag, isflagged hasflag:false
Follow-up flag flagstatus
flagstatus:followup
flagstatus:unflagged
flagstatus:completed

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