How to use Windows Search 4.0

In recent years, hard drive capacity has increased considerably. At
this point it is often superfluous to the household. We can keep
everything from texts, videos to photos and music where we have storage
capacity that can be counted in hundreds of gigabytes or even terabytes
now. Fortunately, software technology has followed the inflation of the
number of files and search, very strongly developed for the Web, has
been given to today’s tastes.

Regarding Microsoft, the search tool built into Windows has mutated and
is now called Windows Search 4.0. Included in current versions of
Windows Vista, it can also be downloaded and installed in Windows XP.
Only the GUI is different. Being efficient, Windows Search indexes all
your documents and permits, unlike the old search tool to find photos,
music, documents, videos and emails in a snap.

Follow the guide to install Windows Search 4.0 on Windows XP and make the best use with XP or Vista

Step 1: Download and install Windows Search 4.0

This step is intended only for owners of PCs running Windows XP. With Windows Vista, Windows Search is installed automatically.

Launch your browser and go to our website. Click the Download button and confirm to retrieve the installation file of 5.3 MB

Locate the file you just downloaded. Double-click it to start
installing the software. Follow the instructions in the installation
wizard. You will not have to step in.

Once the software has been installed, a new bar will appear in the
taskbar icon and a new magnifying glass in the notification area.

Step 2: Index the right files

With Windows XP

By default, the indexing will be made only on the files in your My
Documents folder. It’s up to you to tell the software that it must also
index the contents of other files or disks.

Click the right mouse button on the icon of magnifying glass in the notification area. A context menu appears.

Click on Options… The Windows Search dialog box appears, notifying
you the name of the disk and watched folders. Click on Edit. In the new
window, select or deselect folders and disks you want in the top list.
Click OK.

The software is ready for operation. Initially, it will index all the
files in the folders listed. And as there may be hundreds of thousands,
the procedure would last very long.

Leave your PC switched ON after you install Windows Search 4.0 to let her finish work.

With Windows Vista

To change the disk and indexed files, open any folder. In the search
bar at the top right corner of the window, type a character.

A Search Tools menu appears. Then click on Edit locations of the index …

The window selection index appears, similar to Windows XP.

Step 3: Look, see!

With Windows XP

Using Windows Search is a breeze: click in the search bar in the
taskbar and just type your search. Windows Search will display a menu
where you made the proposals as and when you type your query.

Results are sorted by category: Music, Pictures and Video
Communications (your email), etc.. You can access the desired file
directly by clicking on its name if it appears in the list. If you
press Enter, you can open the main window of Windows Search. Now, next
to the list of found files, you can preview them over there.

To restrict your search to a specific file type in the main window
click Other and select in the drop-down list the type of files desired.

With Windows Vista

To access Windows Search in Vista, nothing simpler: just type your query into the search bar in the Start menu.

With Vista, the search bar is also integrated in all folder windows, at
the top right. Just type your query in it: the results appear
immediately, as and when you type. To preview the results, simply click
on the document you want to select: an overview will appear in the
right side of the window.

To refine the search and restrict it to one document only, click on
Search Tools, then click Search Pane. Now a line at the top of the
window allows you to limit your search to emails, documents, pictures,
music or any document not falling within these criteria (Other).

Step 4: Handle shortcuts

The Search Bar of Windows Search can be used to launch programs very
quickly. For example, if Office Word is installed on your PC, type "!
word" and then press Enter. The software automatically launches Word.
Same for the calculator with the "! calc" and Outlook with "! outlook".

But you can go much further and create your own shortcuts with Windows
XP version. To automatically open a website, Google, for example, type
in the search bar "@ gg, www.google.com". Now, simply type gg and then
press Enter to launch your browser directly on Google.

The syntax is simple: first enter the "@" character and the desired
shortcut (gg here) followed by a comma and then the exact address of
the site.

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