Sometimes you save a document and fail to notice what folder it was saved in. Or perhaps you create a clever scheme one day for storing your files, but a week later you forget what you put where. You need help in finding your files. Windows has a wonderful tool search tool to assist you.
With Search you can search for a file or folder by name, by a partial name, by text contained in the file, or by date or range of dates. It's actually rather flexible.
Special characters for Search: Windows search lets you use wildcard characters as placeholders in the search term. The asterisk * stands for any number of characters. A question mark ? stands in for a single character. So if you search for b*.txt the results would include all of the files with an extension of txt whose names start with a b. If you search for ??.bmp, the results must have exactly two characters before the dot, like ad.bmp and my.bmp. Longer or shorter names would not show, like forest.bmp or f.bmp because they don't have the correct number of letters.
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Use Search in Computer/File Explorer to locate files by file
Start with: and have finished Exercise Win2-1.
Windows lets you search for files based on the file's name or its contents or type or date created or date modified. But to see those choices you have to dig a bit in some versions. You will be using the search feature in a Computer or File Explorer window.
Windows 8 has a cool search pane in the Metro/Modern interface, but it will not let restrict your search to particular locations and it only shows the first 250 or so results. But, it is faster than seaching in File Explorer.
You can do most file management tasks directly from the results window. This is so neat!
Click the Start menu and select
The Search Companion dialog box appears. You will get a Search Results window with the Search pane on the left.
The Search button on the toolbar toggles this pane in and out of view. WinXP lets you search for just pictures, or just documents, or all files and folders.
Vista: A new Search results window appears and gradually displays other files as Search looks in locations that were not indexed, including the Windows folder. (You can stop the search after it finishes with the Windows folder by clicking the button at the right end of the progress bar.)
If your results for Indexed locations was a long list, it may have opened up in a new window. To see "all results" is not as simple from this window.
Click the Advanced Search button at the upper right of the window, which opens the Search pane.
Inspect the ways in which you can modify the search - location, type, date, etc.
Check the box for "include non-indexed, hidden, and system folders" .
Click on the Search button.
Watch the folder names for where Search is looking. Once it has
finished with the Windows folder, you can stop the search process by clicking
the button .
(If the search is taking a long time, you can change the search location to just the Windows folder by navigating through the Locations dialog.)
Win7: The new window for ' still shows only Indexed Locations, but now you can scroll to see all of them.
In the search text box at the top right of the window, type *.bmp.
Windows starts looking for files with an extension of bmp. The address bar shows a green progress bar overlay. The search is not finished until the whole address bar is green, including the X box at its right end.
My own Windows 8 computer had 187 GB of files on drive C. The search took 4 minutes and 15 seconds and found over 4000 BMP files.
Click in the search box.
The Search ribbon tab appears. This is a context-sensitive ribbon tab that only shows when you are searching.
Inspect the ribbon buttons to see in what ways you can restrict the search results.
Be patient! A search can take several minutes. The Address Bar (except for WinXP) acts as a progress bar by turning green from left to right as the search proceeds.
When the search is finished, scroll the list of found files.
What you see in this list will vary with the version of Windows.
The column for folder names may be out of sight to the right. If so, slide the horizontal scroll bar across the bottom of the window to see the Folder column. The results are usually grouped by folder. Can you tell by the folder names how these bitmap images are going to be used?
Change the display to show Large Icons.
Some files may not show a thumbnail but normal BMP files will.
Select three images in the Files Found/Search Results window.
Each version of Windows will show different BMP files. The files are mostly images that are used as part of the interface, like for buttons, backgrounds, file icons, or different types of printers.
command Send to
Solution: Copy the files and paste them to your removable drive at the top level, called the root.
Right click on one of the images that you copied to your Class disk and
The picture opens in Paint.
opens in an image viewer like Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or in Windows
Cause: You double-clicked which selects the default menu item, Preview, or you clicked on Preview in the context menu.
Solution: Close the viewer window and try again.
opens in another graphics program
Cause: Most graphics programs change the file associations when they are installed to open all images in that program.
Solution: You can try to work with it there if you are familiar with it, or else close that program and use the Open with... command on the context menu.
Use the Text tool to write your name and Win2-2 on the picture using a color that contrasts well with the image. Use Braggadocio or Britannic Bold or another font with large wide letters at a font size that shows well and fits on the canvas.
The newer versions of Windows come with many more fonts than WinXP, but not quite the same ones as each other! Some of the new fonts are primarily for languages that do no use the Latin alphabet that English uses, like Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, and Thai. Such fonts may all look the same for text in English.
Check the Page Setup and Print Preview.
Make adjustments, if necessary, to print the image at the upper left of the page at 100% to 300% of normal size, depending on the size of your image.
Cascade the windows: Right click on the Taskbar and choose.
You should have at least 3 windows open - Paint, a Computer or File Explorer window showing your removable drive, and another one showing the search results (and likely a browser with these directions!).
Windows that are minimized will not show in the cascade.
You can use a screen capture to show someone later what you saw on your screen. This is handy for many technical support issues and also for proving you made those high scores in your favorite games!
You can reduce the size of the file by cropping the image.
Crop: Use the Select tool to select the part you want to save, then click the Crop button, if your version has one. Be sure to include the top left area, which shows the titles in the title bar.
No crop button: If your version of Paint does not have a crop button, copy the selection and then open a new document and paste.
Save the file as win2-2.bmp in the folder win project2.
Problem: Image is
too wide for the paper
Solution: Try changing the margins. If it is still too wide, either print 1 page, or go back to Paint and select enough of the image, to show the right pane contents and the title bars of the cascaded windows, crop the image or copy and paste into a new document. Check settings for this version.