By default, the Search
folder searches in a set of locations called Indexed Locations
. This includes all of the folders in your personal folder (which includes Documents, Pictures, Music, Desktop, and other common locations), e‑mail, and offline files. You can add additional locations to be included in the Indexed Locations if you commonly store files in different locations.
1. Press the Windows Key + F.
NOTE: This will open the Advanced Search window from anywhere in Vista.
Click on the drop down arrow by Advanced Search
. (See screenshot below step 11)
3. Select Search Results to be Displayed -
NOTE: This is the Show only section
A) Select what type of item you want to only see in the search results. (See screenshot below step 11)4. Select a Location to Search -
NOTE: This will allow you to select any location to search in for the file
NOTE: This will be only All items, E-mail messages, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Other (All items except E-mail, Documents, Pictures, and Music).
A) Click on the drop down arrow to the right of Location. (See screenshot below step 11)5. To Narrow the Search by Date -
NOTE: You can narrow the search to any time before or after the date you specify.
B) Select the search location.
A) Click on Date and choose to search by either the Date, Date Modifed, or Date Created for the file. (See screenshot below step 11)6. To Narrow the Search by Size -
NOTE: You can look for files larger or smaller than the specified size
B) To the right of Date, click on any. Select to search for any date or when a date is, is before, or is after a the date you specify in the field to the right.
C) Select a specific date.
NOTE: This will be grayed out for any in step 3B since you will not be narrowing the search by date.
A) Next to Size (KB), select to search for any size or for a size that equals, is less than, or is greater than the size you specify in the box to the right. (See screenshot below step 11)7. To Do a Thorough Search -
NOTE: By default Advanced Search only searches the Indexed files. This will allow you to search all files. See
B) Type in a file size number for KB.
: How to Use the Indexing Options in Vista
A) Check the Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files box. (See screenshot below step 11)8. To Narrow the Search with a File Name -
NOTE: Type part or all of the file name you are looking for.
9. To Narrow the Search by Tags -
NOTE: Type any tag, words or phrases you add to your files to describe them, to see a list of files to which that tag has been applied
10. To Narrow the Search by Authors -
NOTE: The would be the name of the person who created the file
A) In the Authors field, type in a author to search for. (See screenshot below step 11)11.
Click on the Search
button when ready to start the search. (See screenshot below)