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Video: Find files within a date range using Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax

Bill Detwiler demonstrates how to create targeted searches with Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax (AQS).

Windows Vista's integrated Desktop Search was a significant improvement over XP's search feature. Yet, just as Microsoft giveth, they also taketh away. The new Desktop Search lacked the ability to find files within a date range--as you could do in XP. Luckily, there's a powerful tool hidden within Windows Search that let's you perform this type of query and a whole lot more. In this episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to use Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) to create targeted searches.

To lean more about AQS, check Microsoft's Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax page. And, be sure to hang around for the bloopers at the end of this episode, or at least skip ahead to them.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Return Windows Search results within a date range with advanced feature," on which the episode is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

9 comments
Regulus
Regulus

Your article was ruined by an Intel ad pop-up that I counl.nt remove

ericcase
ericcase

Someone needs to make a "Query Builder GUI" for this thing.

Dogcatcher
Dogcatcher

Good post. Useful information. But, as you said, "In Windows XP, this is easy." Which raises an obvious question: What were the developers of Vista/Win7 thinking when they turned a search option with a calendar that is useable by everyone into an arcane procedure that will be known only to a few techies?

hellonwheels
hellonwheels

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nerijus.navickas
nerijus.navickas

FAR file manager has that functionality, let's say minimum 5 years ago...

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In the above TR Dojo post, I demonstrate how to create targeted searches with Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax (AQS). Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1066 While AQS is a really powerful addition to Windows Desktop Search, I wonder how much real-world use it gets. Have you used AQS to solve a particular search problem? After seeing a demonstration in the above video, do you think it's worth trying out? Tell me how useful you think AQS really is. Poll: How useful is Windows Desktop Search Advanced Query Syntax (AQS)? http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1068

Philogos
Philogos

The key to this mystery is the number 7 as in Windows 7, Office 2007 etc. From these releases, Microsoft has begun dumbing down its products. Compare this with the infamous "ribbon", which removes the flexibility of previous versions of office. One has to presume that this is a recognition that,in future, no intelligent person will buy Office and provides a Fisher-Price version for the expected users.

darpoke
darpoke

This may not be quite the help you were seeking, but: - both the link and the transcript worked fine for me so there's a chance the issue might be with the browser settings you're using, or any restrictions on your web filtering or proxy server if you have one. - I try to make a point of informing people when I encounter it that full-body caps in a forum post - or email - read as a raised voice or yell. CONTRAST THIS SENTENCE. It reads aggressively no matter how it was intentioned. It's one of the pitfalls of writing for correspondence. - I would also caution you that posting your email address is one of the single most effective ways to get that address spammed to oblivion. It's only a webmail address so thus more disposable than a personal address, but unless you want to wade through adverts for dodgy pharmaceuticals or Nigerian bank scams to find legitimate mail it's best avoided altogether. This site, for example, doesn't even require that users sign up to read most content, this blog and thread included. Please consider editing to remove the address; you can receive personal correspondence at your TR profile since you have registered to post.

dband
dband

Love your segments Bill, especially the blooper reels. The AQS is certainly something valuable, but complex for many and almost impossible for others. This looks like a case of over-thinking a project. A prime opportunity for a third-party whiz to write an add-in. I might use it, but I would be more apt to use conventional searches-- searching for *.doc for example and then listing the results by date. Thanks for the link, I'll check out the other parameters allowed.

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