How to search for files in Windows 10

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:

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  • date
  • datetaken:
  • size:
  • keywords:
  • datemodified:
  • kind:
  • filename:

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

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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:

We have an extensive guide on setting up Cortana

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