On Windows 10, a search field in the lower-left corner lets you seek out apps, files, settings, and other items on your PC, as well as web content.
You can narrow your searches to specific types of items, such as apps, music, and settings. You can also conduct web searches directly from the search field without first having to open your browser. Let's explore how you can run a search in Windows to find specific items.
1 Search Field
First, click in the Search field (the one that appropriately says: "Type here to search") and enter a search term, such as Windows. In response, Windows displays a list of results across various categories, such as apps, settings, documents, and folders. Windows also displays a best match that you can click to open.
2 Keep Typing
If you see a result that matches what you're seeking, just click on it. If not, you can continue typing. For example, if you're looking for a Windows antivirus program, you can type Windows antivirus. Windows modifies the list of search results to Windows Defender and links to webpages on Windows antivirus programs.
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Again, you can click on a result that matches the item you seek or click on the result that Windows considers the best match.
3 Change the Focus
You can change the focus of the search to a specific category. At the top of the search window, click on the first button to find results in apps, the second button to find results in your documents, and the third button to find results on the Web.
4 Narrow by Category
You can also narrow down your search results right from the get-go by including a specific category. In the search field, type apps: and Windows shows you a list of apps on your PC. After apps:, start typing the name of a specific app and Windows narrows down the list of results, again displaying a best match.
You can do the same with more categories. Type documents:, and Windows displays recent documents. After documents:, type more keywords, and Windows narrows down the list of documents in the search results.
Repeat that process with still more categories. Type folders: by itself or followed by the name of a specific folder, and Windows serves it up.
Type music: by itself or followed by the name of an artist or song for music on your PC, and Windows will track it down for you.
Type settings: by itself or followed by the name of a Windows setting, and Windows finds it for you.
Type photos: by itself or followed by the name of a photo, and Windows displays it for you.
Type videos: by itself or followed by the name of a video, and Windows grabs it for you.
And type web: followed by a keyword, and Windows shows you search results on the web.
12 Filter Category
Finally, you can limit the results to a certain category after you run your search. At the top of the search menu, click on the Filters button and then click on a specific category to see only those results.
13 Hey, Cortana
If you like your search with a side of AI, Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana is also ready to serve. These guides will teach you how to:
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