Windows 10 has some great new features, including a new search tool and a search assistant called Cortana. Here’s how it works and how you can find files relatively easily.
Searching files the traditional way: File Explorer
Windows 10 much like previous versions support search operations that make finding any file easy:
1. Open the Windows File Explorer (Windows key + E)
2. At the top enter the filename into the search bar followed by any of the following search parameters:
There are a bunch of other search operators and you can even combine multiple search operators using AND like this
photoname date:last month AND keywords:great
You will have to play around with this for a while to get the hang of it. Unfortunately, you can’t search within search results.
Searching files using 3rd-party tools
Some of my favorite search tools are Locate32 and SearchEverywhere
Locate32 will index your entire hard drive(s) and you will be able to run a search query in seconds. Helps out a great deal if you’re dealing with a million files or more.
Logging Into Microsoft Account: Using Cortana
Cortana is the new search assistant with speech recognition, set it up: