Windows Vista gives you more flexibility when you search and organize your files. New controls such as the Quick Search box and Enhanced Column Headers simplify managing large amounts of on-screen data in any way that you want. In this post we're going to cover some basic concepts of the new Search functionality in Windows Vista as well as go over a few quick "How To" steps.
Issues with previous versions of Search
Terms and Concepts
The following terms and concepts are new or have been redefined in Windows Vista:
Searching for Programs
The Quick Search bar on the Start menu is immediately noticeable when you click the new Windows logo start menu. This search box allows a user to quickly search for programs on start menu as shown in the following figure.
To find a program from the Start Menu
Searching for Settings
Finding and changing settings in Windows Vista is now a little bit more challenging due to the added complexity and new features of the operating system. Even in Windows XP, it was difficult at times to find specific settings that a user might want to modify. Since the Windows Vista user interface has changed and control panel applets have been renamed, removed, or combined, it quickly became clear that the ability to easily search for settings was needed.
Searching the Control Panel
The default Control Panel view is a category view that groups control panel applets into commonly used categories. The user can also select a classic view where each applet is displayed separately. However, these views do not necessarily indicate which category or applet should be used to change a specific setting. New users often spend quite a lot of time looking for settings that they want to change.
In Windows Vista, a new Quick Search bar in the Control Panel can be used to quickly and easily search for a setting using plain text.
To find a setting in the Control Panel
Searching and Sorting Files
Finding your documents and files in Windows Vista is now easier than ever before. Search is integrated into the shell and the new sorting features use the power of Windows Search to make finding, displaying, and sorting files quicker and easier.
Searching for Files
To search for files in Windows Vista, search from the Start Menu or open a Windows Explorer window and open the Search Pane. Opening the Search pane will also allow you to select the Advanced Search as shown in the following figure.
To search for files
Using Saved Searches
Windows Vista also has some default saved searches that make it easy to find documents, images, and music files.
To use saved searches
OK - that just about covers the basics of the new Search features & functionality in Windows Vista. As you can see, Windows Vista has some powerful new search tools available. So until next time ...
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