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Windows 7 search is a scrap. I tried to index using index option on specified directories and later on try to search files on those specific directories with index turned on, Guess what? I tried to search files without index option and it all come out. Anybody has a suggestion? I lost too must time about figuring out how this search option would work. I've read all the comments and I've come to the conclusion you people don't know what you're doing.
Any of you. Windows 7 search is amazing as well as Vista's and is the primary reason I left XP not to mention it's nearly a decade old. Pretty simple. Hit the Windows Key on your keyboard. Then start typing. Wow, that was hard, wasn't it? Yes, it returns extra results because it searches within files instead of exclusively file names I believe there is an option to disable this, but I don't remember , but it always lists what I was looking for.
I migrated my mother away from XP for this very reason. She doesn't understand folder structure, so when she needs a file, she has no idea where to find it. In Windows 7, you don't need to know. You just hit the Windows Key and start typing the file's name. Voila, it appears without fail every time.
She's never had a problem finding a file and neither have I. As for you people who name your files cryptically with multiple braces, that's just stupid. Sorry, but it is. Even simple things like putting quotes around your search or file: If you move from Windows 7 to Mac because of the search, then I can't help but laugh at you. Bonesnap Said, for your simple requirements Windows 7 is all you need. Maybe there is something in that i. Windows 7 cannot search within files for words or phrases whereas XP can.
That is plain stupid. Unfortunately most of the world want to computer to do serious work. Get real Bonesnap Said. There are a few people out there like "bonesnap" for whom Windows 7 search makes perfect sense.
For them, obfuscating functionality simplifies the process.
And to be fair, if you just type in a word, zillions of results appear. Scroll through them and you'll eventually find what you want. The problem comes if you are more organized and demand efficiency from your operating system. You wish to find files constrained by specific parameters — a particular extension, a date range, a location — in the fastest time possible. For such people, Windows 7 is a time-consuming nightmare. You have to go deep into the indexing control hierarchy every time to reset parameters that should be plainly visible at the first interface.
The functionality has been painfully and deliberately obfuscated, unforgivably dumbing down the entire operating system. But the Windows 7 on my new computer does not allow ANY find at all, not the names or the inside of folders or documents. Trying to contact Microsoft, or the manufacturer, or my friends! Or the way to contact Microsoft to report the problem? I add that I've tried all the suggestions I could find in other forums and nothing worked: My main question is: And, how does one make oneself heard by Microsoft?
I am not sure exactly what it is that you're having trouble with but using the Search feature in Windows 7 is easy to do although a bit different than in the past. You mentioned having 64 books in a folder. I don't know the name of the folder but let's call it "Books".
Go ahead and open Windows Explorer by either clicking on the Windows Explorer icon often located right next to the Start button on the task bar or if your keyboards has a Windows button on it, you can just press the Windows button and the letter E at the same time. One Windows Explorer is open, go to the "Books" folder on the far left side of the screen or whatever the name of your folder containing all your books is called and highlight that folder by just clicking on the folder once.
To make sure you're in the correct place, look at the top of your window and it should show you the full path. Once you verify that you are in the right folder, go to the upper right hand corner of the screen and type in a word or phrase that you want to search by.
The search field where you'll be typing should already say "Search Books". You don't even have to press Enter. Just start typing and when you finish, Windows will display your search results in the windows on the right side of Windows explorer. If you want to filter your results a bit, the Search field where you type in your search has a drop down box that allows you to search on a date or between a 2 dates or by size.
Finally, if this is a search you use often, you may want to save it. You can do this by going to the left side of the Explorer screen at the top of the window and you'll see Save Search. This allows you to save the search.
Hope this helps. If this is not the problem you are having, let me know. I just don't get it. I've been loving Windows 7 and this doesn't change much since I don't really use search, but I do have co-workers I need to support that do. What I don't get is that I have a file "lm Why is it that if I type in the full name it finds the file, but if I just type in "" it can only find one file that is bytes in size? The link is: This is a Microsoft site.
The video is about 4 minutes long. Regardless of your experience, I bet you'll pick up something you didn't know. Be sure and watch the whole video. Another common way to search is to use wildcards. Wildcards have been around since the DOS days and were as handy back then as they are today.
The most common wildcards are? If you do a search on Windows wildcards, you'll find lots of info on this but essentially, the? The main difference between these two is the? Finally, Windows offers other search functions such as date, size, name of file, keyword search in the file, etc. When you jump over to email, you can also specify to look for emails with a subject of money from Joe Smith.
The library feature of Windows 7 is nice too especially once you understand how it can work for you. I knew it existed, and I knew a keyword it contained within the text.
W7 search came back with 2 files a. Using the "content: Of course, I briefly freaked out — that perhaps it has gotten deleted — but no: Crow said it best. At least with XP search you could force it to crawl through the contents of files for a keyword search. W7's indexed search doesn't even seem like much of a performance improvement. XP's search a worked and b was intuitive. Maybe there's a way to configure W7 so that I can find my files, but even after reading everything above, I can't figure out what it could be.
A wise man once said, "Don't fix nothin' that ain't broke. I hope MS reads this overwhelming criticism and do something about it. It is a lot better…. Let me tell you- I have a few files with the simple name 1. Those files are in different location at my hard drive- C and D partitions, some of them are hiden, etc…. Windows 7 shows me- no results!!! I do not wish it to search within any files at all. Is that doable??? And, if it is, how does one disable the entire contents-indexing operations???
I have to use Windows at work. Turns out, Windows 7 will only search within a document if the file is sitting there on your hard-drive. It doesn't work for files on memory sticks or on a remote server. I refused to trade my XP at home for Vista, and now I'm refusing to trade my XP at home for Windows 7, at least until they work out this obvious bug. Hello Microsoft? We need to be able to search within our files, even if they're on a memory stick, and even if they're stored on a server.
Call me when this is fixed, please. Windows 7 Search useful? Can you search everywhere? So limited here I am wasting hours looking for information on how to locate something on my drive that would have taken the time to type in a box plus a couple of seconds for the search itself if I still had XP. I've never seen such an idiotic software component like the Windows 7 search. It's crippled compared to Vista search where are all the extended search options hidden , and it just doesn't work as it should, from the very beginning not.
I agree: I have just wasted an hour — and finally had to copy a large folder to a flash drive and find what I wanted using XP on another laptop. The Win 7 indexing options will only index specified file extensions. How insane is that! But, then, I guess Microsoft don't recognise that anything exists outside their comfy little patch. BUT — it doesn't work for me. The search box drop-down allows me to refine a search by Kind, Date, Type or Name. But none of them is what I want. I just want files containing certain text.
I can not find a way to do it. Even if I can search faster. You're either part of the MS team yourselves, or everyday novice users who only have a need for PC's for mindless superficial tasks such as surfing the web, checking your email or sharing family photos. I can hear the stampede on their way to Apple's doorstep as we speak!
I have been working on customer's computers for over 15 years now, extolling MS over Mac all the while — and now.. I can't believe I'm saying this — but heck, I'm ready to download a Mac myself. The redundancy alone is enough to drive one mad..
Or better yet, make them fork over the bucks to pay MS support once they're so lost they will see no other choice. Since when is it more important to release an OS just to say you did it than to actually make sure it's done right before you do so? And us, the fools that we are, actually accept this way of doing business by now.
Half-written code and poorly executed ideas throughout. I can't tell you how many 'features' were broken or needing fixes straight out of the box. Ok, I'm done with my rant now.. Wow, content: I appreciate rmoore's reference to the Microsoft link http: I did get some helpful information about searching through the Libraries.
It does work the way I expect. All these posters are not delusional. I will use the Library search now that I know about it but what is the Start Menu search box for exactly? A follow up to my post. I just discovered something. Click on the Start Menu orb. Right click in grey area. Start Mene. Scroll to Search Other Files and Libraries.
Click Search Within Public Folders. Now searches include Documents, Outlook, etc. Why this is not the default I don't know. It seems that users are expecting this behavior from Windows Search. In XP Search, you simply closed or shrank the displayed file, and that brought you back to the search results, where you could then pick one of the other found files, click it, and see it that was the correct one.
But in Windows 7? Very clever: No list of results: Now is this me — i. I think that that bandwagon needs a couple of trailers. I join the group that misses the ability to search for files by extensions: I agree with Scoffer. The Win 7 search is either very difficult to understand or it just doesn't work. I go to a folder with files, at least 15 of them have a "a" in the file name. If I search for a it shows me all files in some convoluted order. Go figure. I've been discussing this with others who also think it's great.
Yeah OK. I don't think the people who can use the search facility are getting it. It doesn't work. It doesn't even find file names. I have no idea what I am doing wrong, or what IT is doing wrong. There's no point in telling me all the wonderful things it can do if it won't even do the simplest thing that even ancient MS DOS programs could do, let alone XP. There seems to be a lot of confusion here. For me the issue is that Windows 7 does not allow for searching networked drives and does not allow those drives to be added to the indexes.
The Microsoft knowledge base article referenced for adding networked drives does not work for Windows 7 bit machines. Soon it will be difficult to find bit machine.
For these reason, I have to keep an XP box Virtual Machine around to do network wide searches on home network: Windows 7 search works. I like having it right there in the corner instead of having to right click and select search from the context menu.
I have searched C: I remove all directories from the indexed list, so it's slow like XP but it works just fine. You have to click the little drop down navigation list next to the magnifying glass in the address bar BEFORE you click anywhere else in the address bar or it will disappear until you give somewhere else in the window, outside of the address bar, focus. Then it comes back.
I use it all the time on directories of large mp3s to find a certain elusive track. It suddenly started to work yesterday, with no obvious explanation. I too struggled and cursed for months, revisiting this post periodically. Yesterday, all I did was view the video as suggested above, see Cambridge August 12 above no revelations there and fool with some of the index settings, see Cambridge April 15 above nothing to change there for me there although "Within" was misspelled , then I changed miscellaneous Search index settings back and forth that I can't identify as an obvious solution to the problem and can't remember clearly enough to recount to you except on a related note, I expanded the view of all tree files to include the garbage bin.
I then closed and opened the search window and it was now stuck on Libraries on the opening screen despite my attempts to change it by repeated openings and looking for a setting. Ultimately, the Libraries search does not work but if I click directly on the drive on the left side expanded folder view FIRST, then start typing in the magic search box top right it works as promised; I did something but I don't know what.
No idea if network searches works. Good luck to you all. I don't want to "modify my search options" There should only one option "search the damn pc"! I too hate the new search features of WIndows 7. It is the worst one ever. I loved the older versions as they were user friendly and I didn't have to be a programmer to use it. But this one is like playing mind games you never win.
I hate it and if I could I would dump 7 and go back to XP. But this computer won't let me do that, it is "too new". WHen will they get some real people on their planning committees instead of total "nerds" with no life? If you Mcafee VPS on your system uninstall and try rebuild this worked for me first time. There is a real issue with mcafee and windows 7. I'm glad I'm not the only one confused about file searching with windows 7. Instead of returning hundreds of files I get just 48 randomly plucked from the directory structure!
And even when the results are returned, column headers for ordering are absent. Give me back the infinitely superior XP search facility. Obviously microsoft didn't test this bit of windows 7 before release.
Windows 7 search function. I want to do a search, but I don't remember the name of the file. But I do remember what day I created it. In XP — I could simply adjust the search parameter and specify the day. In Windows 7, I have no clue. Tell Bill Gates to quit working at his foundation and get back to running Microsoft. Did anyone in the real world look at Windows 7 before it was released?
Tell the designers to go back and look at the XP search feature. You click on search, and a window opens with all the options. It was great. I know, Microsoft, you need to sell software, but if something isn't broken, don't fix it. MS tried to dumb down the search so that any grandma could type something and have Windows spit it back at you.
The built in Windows 7 search uses indexing to build up a 'quicklist' of files so that the search results are almost instantaneous. As an Admin I would have heart palpitations if 1, users were all indexing the same network drive.
If you move files, add files, change files, and then search for it, the search may be incorrect. In XP, you had the ability to download a 3rd party tool to do this type of indexed search, i. And this type of solution solved many people's search requirements search outlook emails, quick search results such that Windows wanted to copy it in 7.
But in XP, you also had the ability to right click on a folder, pull up search, give it a string, and search within all files for matches. Windows 7 just does not have this feature.
And NO, adding the folder to search in the indexed list, then indexing, then search for questionable results does not do it. It takes double the time and keystrokes. So, now I use a 3rd party, open source search tool to give me back the XP-like search in windows 7.
By the way, another reason indexed search results are not ideal, is that I have had so many questions on "Why is my hard drive spinning so much when I do nothing? It's because of all the indexing that is being done to your machine by the 3 different search engines you downloaded and never removed. And 1 more thing… Where's the little hand icon for a shared folder in server R2? Thanks again, Microsoft, for removing a useful feature. OK folks, you are hilarious.
I came to this site hoping to find a way make search indexing scan and find LESS: Doesn't matter what you dreamed it "should" be or what you were lead to believe by a little string — call it a doc bug: Well turn it off and do your indexing setup and search as a proper, unrestricted admin.
It can't and won't tell you, but when you are under UNC it affects everything. Change folder view settings so that you let yourself see hidden and system files and extensions. See how many files you now have that you didn't even want to see? If something got missed during initial scanning say because you didn't have anything configured it's not going to improve by magic.
If you can't mentally handle the need to open Explorer instead of sitting at Start menu and crying, you'd commit suicide if someone gave you advanced search button.
So I'm actually suffering for your sake. Want better search? Learn what the current one actually has, and then go demanding full Advanced Search instead of "Start menu everything. As a Microsoft partner I worked with an MS tech on this for a while.
The end result was no solution. I've since abandon Win 7 searching and have downloadd and installed Directory Opus. However the options and customizations are endless. Anyone suffering from this ridiculous failure of the Windows 7 search, should look into this product. You can install as a 90 trial and check things out. What I can tell you is that the search in it works as expected. Until MS fixes this random silliness, Directory Opus is my solution of choice.
Anyone have an idea how to convert the following search from Windows XP into a search in Windows 7? I read most of the comments. While the article didn't explain anything answering the bulk of the complaints, someone did when they said you can just add content: See article: Also, no one explained that the option to search file contents in non-indexed files is turned on and off at the search tab of folder options. Go to Control Panel — Indexing option and select Advanced. Then, on the File Types tab, there is a radial button at the bottom to index file contents as well.
Unless you add the entire drive to the index this may not help you. Keep in mind when choosing which option you want to use, indexing is more or less for the start search bar. One thing that seems to be causing confusion and frustration is that they removed the search button. If you open my computer and just highlight a drive or directory there is always a search bar top right of the window.
It will search the directory or drive you are currently in cwd. It will include indexed and non-indexed files, as stated — default non-indexed files searched in this manner does not search contents.
Either add the content: I use the windows 7 search all the time. If it's in the indexed areas, the start search is very fast. If it's a C: Read the linked article, try it out and give it a second chance. If you still don't like it, go download Google desktop and have fun with that 2gb index db. The more you all inflate Steve Jobs perception that he should be in control of the IT universe, the worse off we will all be.
I'm really surprised to see so many people that hate the indexing in Windows 7. I came across this article while searching for a reasonable indexing alternative for XP because I often times need rapid access to commands and technical procedures stored on my laptop. Google desktop and Windows Search 4. On the SAME laptop I installed windows 7 on a different HD and after indexing my 25, documents nearly unknown to me, I was receiving highly relevant search results directly from my run prompt from both my years-worth of emails and my massive document collection.
I just don't see the problem with this article or understand why all these XP users are having such difficulty using what seems to be a very simple feature. I like Windows 7 mostly, an improvement on vista and it runs faster on my machine. The new search is cumbersome and yes, the results seem to be a bit unreliable. Search function really needs a makeover. The search tool of windows XP is for superior to search tool of windows 7. I have been using Windows XP and Word for entering data of my patients.
Files are saved by a number allocated to the patient as well as by patient's name.
Files also contain data regarding age , sex and place of residence. Windows XP search tool provides the required information with in seconds. There is no way that such a search can be made on windows 7. Similarly I used to maintain my patients register by searching them names of patients seen on a particular date.
This type of search is also not possible in windows 7. As a windows user since Windows for Workgroups 3. The only way I've found to get searching to "work" is to install a 3rd party piece of software called Advanced File Organizer. It does a scan that is a list of every single file on any drive I scan, and then I search that.
MS sucks, and it is insulting to think that they are making their software less user friendly while claiming that it is getting better. Guys, I've been using Windows 7 right from the beta edition. The built-in search sucks big time. You just cannot have your way with it. I'm also kinda bald so there is not way for me to even put out my hair… hehehehe. Well, for what it's worth, Microsoft has posted the various options available in the Windows Search that can help us in having our way, with a little effort definitely.
This is surely not user friendly and regular home users would have to break a leg to get going. But what the heck.
This is the link microsoft. This one is for you Microsoft guys. I've sent numerous emails to you guys putting in my wish list right from when I first began using the beta and the screwed up search was one among the top 3.
But you guys just don't wanna hear us out. Here's the story for network search if you don't want to read all the comments. With Vista, this option was gone but Microsoft added it back with an addin which was sadly bit only. Now with Windows 7, the addin is broken and doesn't work with even bit Windows 7. Forget any bit OS. So, the bottom line is it is impossible to index network drives on Windows 7. If you have Windows Search 4 installed on the remote computer as well, then you can add network location to the Windows 7 library and have indexed network search.
I spent well over an hour looking for a file using the search feature of Windows 7. No success. Then I found this site and watched the Microsoft video about the search features of Windows 7. It's an excellent little program — efficient, fast and simple to use. I migrated to W7 from XP. I used the migration tool. So, I copied those over as well.
Why does it find some. Win7 search is definitely several steps backwards from XP. XP was simple and direct, Win7 long and tedious at best. I don't want to know every file that contains a certain word, just the ones where it's in the file name, but whenever I do a search I get the whole lot. The Search options only have a radio button for turning off searching contents in non-indexed files, so, unless I turn indexing off for everything, I seem to be stuck with searching in contents.
Windows 7 Search is truly disappointing and hopefully Microsoft will add back the classic search functionality in a future update. As for alternatives there are many. For a truly advanced search experience check out DTSearch, which can search for text in almost any file type out there on your computer, network or web location. The price is steep but it is truly a "top of the line" search product. I am greatly disappointed in Win7 search.
I played around with it, and it seems to be yet another Microsoft resource sucker that has performance issues, not much better than the first DT search they rolled out. One thing to add: For example, I may want to search 'C: Or also folders in different drives, for example 'D: The Windows 7 search is said to be faster. I don't know what you've been searching with it, but to me it has been fast enough. At the top section labeled 'What to search' there are two radio buttons.
If you select the top radio button, search will only search inside files that have been indexed. I imagine there is a reg-hack somewhere but I don't know. To find a file with a specific name use the Find command. This command recursively searches all sub-directories of the current directory for a file name MyFile. Linux is case sensitive so this will not find mYfILE.
To understand the magic go to publib. I want to FIND my files. Right where I left them. Win 7 is completely disorienting. All I need is a file structure set before my eyes, and I will find my own file.
For mpgp, if you want to see the file structure, the 'tree' dos command still works. I hated the way Microsoft moved things as well until I got use to browsing the C: Users directory where my files typically end up unless I specifically choose somewhere else such as an external drive. Doesn't that work for you? For those who would like to use the UNIX 'find' command I mentioned in my Dec 28th post but do not want to boot to linux, you can get unix like commands from http: The base download and install will give you the UNIX find command among other things.
It probably will be installed in C: I'm not trying to hard. If I have a folder full of images named It doesn't, it either returns no results or shows me every file in the folder in some random order. So if I have a file named d1. I'm long over this and I've downloadd Directory Opus. The search is customizable and there's no silly crap like the auto refresh when renaming a file.
Another brokenness of Win 7. I didn't read the entire list of postings, but I was having trouble finding something myself, which in the end was my own stupid fault but I only realized that after trying a few different things. While I was trying to work it out, I found the following things which may be useful. I am pretty sure that I don't have any indexing of any type turned on. And I have been able to find everything I have looked for since looking at the following pages.
I found this after reading Blacklord81 post, in the first instance it appears harder to use, but I can see the benefits and will use it to its fullest with the information above. I also found it very fast once I was searching correctly, but my computer is 7.
Below is the format:. Press 'Enter. I can only see two options: Aseem works for Microsoft in their marketing department, or he wrote this article on the first day of the fourth month western calendar. The only reason I can't complain directly to microsoft today is because they won't connect my username to my public display name.
Yes, win7 search is horrible. Unix tools to the rescue! Just use the Windows ports of popular tools like grep and awk, and you can turn off the silly Win7 search and never look back. Pick a folder, unzip, and add the folder to your path. Grep is very easy to use. Want to find all instances of the string "Win7SearchBites" in all files on your drive, just issue this command:. I DO have an update.
If you use "Effective File Search" software with Win7, it adds a right click option. Right click a folder, and you have "Effective Search" as compared with the built-in ineffective search to use. Most of the other comments above have been very entertaining, especially the ones from shills who don't know how really really awful the Win7 built-in search is.
When you take a search software to a directory that HAS a file, and it doesn't find that file, well, that is worse than useless, because it means that usually you are assuming things that might not be true. The reason I'm here is because I thought there was something wrong with my Win7 installation. Why give up such a beautiful feature as the ability to right-click your drive or folder, type in your file name, and have all your files stay open until you're done with them.
I don't care or understand about all the indexing features you mentioned. I just want a no hassle way to search a folder or drive. I am trying my best to love Widows 7, but the lack of a user friendly search engine, like previous Window editions, is really astonishing.
I actually really like Windows 7 search, although I am a new convert.. I found this how-to to be easy to follow — it worked for me in any case:. Windows 7 seems to be designed for the people that think the iPad is a good idea. My first 16 years of PC ownership starting in were all on Macs.
This applies especially to the stupid search function. It really is on the iPad model. To get something that will work, you have to download a separate app! W7 search is broken beyond belief.
Firstly, why doesn't it find what I'm looking for? I stare directly at a file, then search that folder for that filename or any part thereof, and W7 search returns no results?!?!? Secondly, why does it find tons of files that have nothing to do with what I searched for? Thirdly, what happened to the right-click context menu? Whose dumb idea was it to take that powerful functionality out of Windows? Fourthly, what is the point of indexing? Aren't CPUs, hard drives, and networks fast enough nowadays to find things quickly without indexing?
I would prefer to turn indexing off permanently. Fifthly, why do I now have to use DOS commands or third-party utilities to do things that XP could do easily in a matter of seconds? I know I am stupid when it comes to this kind of thing, but I just wanted to find out how to search the drives, all of them, and hidden files.
Can that be done on windows? I went from an XP computer to Win 7. I don't know much about Win 7, so I copied all my files from external drives into the library area making a whole bunch of subfolders, etc. I have no idea which folders are where now. I didn't put anything elsewhere, but I am afraid to do anything now!
Windows 7 Explorer simply does not work and should not be relied upon. I was searching for all of my Excel files in a directory and its sub-directories. It found only some of the Excel files.
I, then, went directly to the sub-directory where I knew one of the files I was looking for resided. I, then, performed the search in that directory. Even though I was staring at the file name in the list before the search and I was in that directory where it resided, this piece of junk could not find that Excel file. Really, how does Microsoft stay in business. Windows Explorer is a fundamental application that is essential for using Windows.
For it to not be reliable is really unforgivable. If I didn't hate the whole Mac concept so much being a slave to a "benevolent" company like Apple …. Well the consensus seems to be well and truly against your opinion of: My reply would be exactly the same as that of Crow: I have gone back to Vista where I am in charge of what the thing does — and I can find my files as well.
I actually did a search on Google today to find a better third-party option for searching Windows 7 as I will be re-installing this OS on a friend's PC later and need to find a lot of stuff to back up before doing it.
The fact that I came looking for a different search option says it all. I came across this and had to comment.
I am in fact going to jump on the "your lying" bandwagon because as Marikhen, the first and last sentences are lies. I found this site to be the one to answer my question about how to find files within a date range: There are some tidbits to wade through in this thread that add to the desired solution like "content" , but this thread is way too lengthy to find the solution.
Gimme a break. For the boner guy who mocked how another person names their files: Work style can be and should be individualized to however a person achieves the desired result best and "best" is defined by the one doing the work. What makes sense to one person or in one work environment may not necessarily work for another person or in another environment. We people in the workforce rely on download!!!! In my case as with sooooo many others in the real workforce I stepped in inherited mounds of files: I, like so many others, NEED diversity with quickness, thoroughness, choices in our searching capability.
You've got to be kidding that W7 is better than XP. It ignores punctuation.
Win 7 unfortunately defaults to an indexed search, which is fast but not very useful. To Fix this:. I am using PCs since the early 80's, and always looked for the perfect search facility. Give it a try. It is a free open source program, no background services, does not consume resources continuously, very clean install, and after indexing user controlled it finds files in a second. Very flexible and effective for my several millions files on my PC.
Can't live without it. Ha, this is a funny post. I think he was just wanting to get us riled up. I guess everyone is different! Like others I stumbled across this article while trying to make the wholly useless windows search actually "search" for what I wanted. It seems the only ones sending comments are people who can't figure out how to use search, or are having some other kind of problems. I got here cuz I'm using windows vista or 7 or whatever it is tonight.
My own machine is XP. I have noticed that the search f n is absolutely lame. Why would you ruin something that works? I am also learning Office Please kill me! My problem tonight is this machine that I am on is near full on the main hard disk. I can't find any of the tools that I am familiar with to explore this drive and try to trim the fat.
When I left click the hard drive I can see some folders. When I right click on each individual folder I can choose properties. When I add up space supposedly allocated to these folders it adds up to about 20 GB.
Properties of the drive on 'my computer' says that the drive is almost full with about 68 GB on the drive. It was very, very difficult to solve this problem since I could not find any know-how answers onlinr. I had to experiment and experiment on my own, until I discovered how to do this. Open the Directory you want to search for the word.
Then in the search area, type in the particular word you are doing a search on. When the search is completed, you should be able to view all the Files or Folders that have this word. I guarantee that it will work! It has for me, and I have many, many files on my computer. It does take a little more time than Vista, but it includes all the files, and if you open the Preview Screen on the right , you can view each file until you find the right one you are looking for!
Everything you will need! The Windows 7 search enging is total junk. So is Bing. It's all a part of the "Lame Software Group" which includes popular titles like iTunes. Total Junk.
I can't believe anyone would try to learn the Windows 7 search. I use FileSearchEX and save on aspirins. I truly dislike the way Windows Search goes downhill and becomes more difficult as each new version of Windows comes out.
Looks like the way to search the C drive is to go to the index options in the control panel and add a space as one of the search options on the c: It seems to over-ride windows feeble attempt to control your search capability. Windows search is completely useless and I routinely disable it on my users systems — it is nothing but toxic poison, period.
With each release of a product Microsoft seems determined to kill any remotely useful features and replace them with defective garbage and Search is no exception.
Finds nothing. Does nothing. And don't get me started on the other features in Windows 7 that are utter junk — the idiotic Start Menu, the taskbar, the aero glass nonsense — all a complete waste of time.
I've found the only way to make Windows 7 remotely usable so I can actually work and not bother with pinning crap here and there really, Microsoft? That's your big innovation? We've been able to put shortcuts to programs and sites anywhere in Windows since '95 so please stop the congratulatory self-back-patting over that drivel is to set performance options to "Adjust for Best Performance" and use a free program called "Classic Shell" which lets you bring back some of the actually useful features of Windows XP and before, which Microsoft seemed determined to kill off.
I have read a lot of the comments here regarding the 'search' facility in windows 7. I didn't read all of them as there are a lot. It seems that the overwhelming majority of comments concern the complete and utter uselessness of the Windows 7 search function.
I am frankly astonished at how useless it is. I have to use a PC with a MS operating system my apologies that I cannot tell you what it is but I try to ignore the PC op syst and just get on with my work at work and the calls to 'IT help' are many and various.
I tried that in the top right hand corner search option of windows 7 and it did find a few of the hundreds on the drive that I was trying to search. Frankly, not what I wanted to do. SO frustrating!
It makes me so mad! Is there a 'direct contact' to MS to make them aware of this? Perhaps they aren't concerned as long as they have our money? Thanks for reading. I can't really take seriously anybody who starts with the line "The built-in search feature in Windows 7 is significantly better than the horrible search options in Windows XP". It's one of the worst things about Windows 7 — and heaven knows there's some stiff competition.
Thankfully I got to this article as I've been busy finding all the other stuff telling everybody how great Windows 7 can be. I was actually beginning to convince myself that now would be the time to unwrap my 7 update box and switch from XP on my perfectly capable 5 year old Dell. Blessings to all. All four products share a core set of features that allow users to import, organize, and manage citations and associated full text. Users can import references from a variety of databases, create in-text citations and bibliographies, and import bibliographic information from web pages.
All offer an extensive list of citation styles and the ability to edit existing styles and create new ones. The remainder of this review focuses on how these products differ with respect to the most commonly used features of citation managers and the advantages and disadvantages of each product.
Table 1 summarizes key differences between the products. For Mendeley, this review covers the free version only. All four products offer plug-ins for Microsoft Word.
Table 1 shows platforms and browser compatibility. All four products offer a web-based version that works with recent versions of popular browsers. Some tools offer plug-ins for other browsers as well, and all offer browser add-ons bookmarklets, extensions, etc. The Mendeley browser add-on functions only with the online version of Mendeley; the Zotero add-on requires the desktop version for full functionality; and the EndNote add-on can be used in the desktop and online versions.
Of the four products, only EndNote and Mendeley offer mobile apps. While RefWorks and Zotero do not have mobile apps, they do have mobile-friendly sites. All four tools allow users to import files of references from databases or other citation management tools. Users can search within databases, mark references to save or export, and select from a variety of options to add references to their preferred citation manager tools. Each of the products has direct export options for at least one of the following databases: Users can also use the browser add-ons to automatically import references into their reference collections.
The add-ons for Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero allow users to import references to their reference collections from multiple databases. Depending on the database, users can select individual references or batches, and the references and associated PDFs are imported.
When displaying a list of PubMed search results, Capture Reference only imported all references on the page; it did not allow us to select specific references to import. Capture Reference did not work at all for us with a list of results from Google Scholar. The only way to import these results was to open each one and then capture it. It also did not directly capture bibliographic information about web pages as easily as the other add-ons did. When we attempted to import information about a web page using Capture Reference, it created an RIS file that we then had to import into EndNote, whereas the other three add-ons added information about web pages directly.
The tools also offer several other ways to add references. EndNote and RefWorks also allow users to search databases and library catalogs from within the application and import selected search results. EndNote offers an extensive list of free and commercial databases for searching. As of this writing, the new RefWorks only offers PubMed and the Library of Congress as search options, and, when tested, neither search option was functional.
According to the RefWorks lead product manager, institutional account administrators can allow users to search any database that is accessible via the Z He also indicated that ProQuest is building application programming interfaces APIs to integrate RefWorks with other ProQuest tools such as Summon and Primo, which should increase in-app search options [ 5 ].
All four applications allow users to create standalone bibliographies in virtually any word processor, including Google Docs. With EndNote, users can create a standalone bibliography by selecting citations and an output style, and copying and pasting into a word processor document. Both Mendeley and Zotero allow users to drag references from the desktop client into a word processor, where they will be formatted according to the style that users have selected, the quickest and most user-friendly method of bibliography creation.
RefWorks includes a feature that allows users to generate a bibliography from a batch of references in a folder, but that feature did not work when we tested it, leaving no way to generate standalone bibliographies from citations. More commonly, users create bibliographies from in-text citations in a manuscript. All four tools offer Microsoft Word plug-ins to support this functionality. Table 1 provides details about which tools work with other word processors.
In EndNote, the bibliography is automatically generated as the citations are inserted into the document. In Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero, inserting a citation and creating a bibliography are separate steps, and at least one citation must be added to the document in order to create a bibliography.
All four products made occasional small errors in citations, especially when we cited web pages, but Mendeley performed especially poorly, omitting key information from web page citations, such as date accessed. Each tool offers different options for adding PDF documents. All four systems allow users to add PDF documents by dragging and dropping them into their reference collections and by attaching them to existing citations.
Mendeley monitors the contents of these folders and automatically adds any PDFs to reference collections. All four products can generate metadata from PDFs to create a citation record, but they use somewhat different methods to do so. When we tested articles from three different journals, all four products extracted metadata inconsistently and occasionally inaccurately. For example, one product extracted metadata completely for a given article, while another failed to extract key information e.
All products exhibited these failures, though RefWorks appeared to be the least accurate, with at least one significant error with each of the three PDFs that we tested.
All of the products, other than Zotero, support PDF annotation in the application. Zotero users can open PDFs in the application of their choice, annotate them, and save them back to the Zotero database.
An add-on called Zotfile [ 9 ] allows users to extract annotations and perform other PDF management tasks. In Zotero, this feature is called Library Lookup.
Users click on a reference in their collections, and if full text is found, the PDF file can be easily dragged and dropped into their reference collections. EndNote users can access full-text through their institutions by using the Find Full Text feature. For RefWorks, institutional administrators can configure a link resolver for all users at that institution. According to RefWorks documentation, RefWorks users can only share collections with users at their own institutions [ 10 ].
The RefWorks senior product manager indicated, however, that as of fall , RefWorks users can share folders with other RefWorks users across institutions [ 5 ].
EndNote X7 and X8 users can share with each other in groups of up to members [ 11 ]. Mendeley and Zotero users can create both public and private groups [ 12 , 13 ], though Mendeley users with a free account can create and own only one private group, and private groups created by free accounts are limited to three members [ 14 ].