How to use Search in Windows 8

If you have a lot of data stored on your Windows 8 PC’s search can be a lifesaver when looking for that one needle in your haystack. Thanks to the many search improvements in both Windows 7 and Vista, searching for files is easier than ever. Windows 8 harnesses those benefits by bringing search enhancements to this new release. With the new Start Screen, there are some added improvements for finding just what you want.


To start a search, just point your mouse pointer in the right hand bottom or top corner of Windows Desktop. This will bring up the Charm bar. Click Search.

Alternatively you can press Windows + C to bring up the Charm bar or Windows key + F to bring up Search immediately.


This will bring up the Search Start Screen interface. On the right hand side, you will see some options available. This includes the Find Files list box. Below that are three main search options:


From here you can filter your search results which range from applications, settings and files. Lets try some search queries:


File search in Windows 8 is simple yet powerful, not to mention fast, just bring up the Search screen and enter your query:


Here you can see I have searched for a file with the name machine report, immediately, a set of relevant results are displayed. I can hover the file and view details about it such as its location on my hard disk  and the time it was created along with the size. When you find the file you want, just click it to launch the application. That’s it.


You can also used saved searches if needed, Windows 8 will display your most recent queries which can be reused.



In the above screen shot, I did a search for the Mail app. One of the interesting things about searching is, you are able to filter search according to related topics. As you can see below Apps, there is also Files related to the search query. Lets see what that is about:


You will see that Find Files brings up any data on the drive with key words relating to Mail, weather they are documents or spreadsheets. You can further filter your files specifically if they are documents. See below:


Filtering files

Searching by App

Windows 8 offers an even more powerful way to make searching more relevant. You can search by app too.


When you click on the app link in the Find Screen, this brings up the associated app allowing you to search it.


All I need to do is enter the search query and it brings up relevant results. In the above screenshot, I am actually searching my Hotmail inbox. Very quick and easy. You have a variety of areas to search from, whether it is the Windows Store, People, Maps, Music, Videos, Photos or Internet Explorer. Here is another example:


Searching Music

Finding Apps

If you want to find an app or setting really quick, just use the Windows + Q keyboard command and it will bring up the Search interface for Apps.


Searching by Apps

Search in Windows 8 is very powerful and convenient. It offers you just the results you need when you need it. The search by app feature is one I like most, the visual enhancements, makes finding what you need fun and easy.



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