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Save and refine desktop searches in Microsoft Windows Vista


Microsoft Windows Vista has been available to the general computing public for a few months now and we are starting to get a clear picture of what is good about the operating system and what is not so good.

One of the good things about Windows Vista is the built-in desktop search. Besides the mere ability to type in a keyword in the search box and have relevant results displayed in the State Menu, there is also the ability to save searches for future reference. Saving searches opens up several new ways to approach the organization of your personal computer and the data it contains. With the benefits of saved searches in Vista, it is possible to make organization out of the most chaotic hard drive. No matter where a file, application, or folder is saved on a hard drive (or even an external drive or network drive) it can be found through the Vista search.

TechRepublic has published How do I... Save and refine desktop searches in Microsoft Windows Vista? This How do I... explains how to refine and then save a Windows Vista search so you can reference it later. The desktop search is one of the more positive features of Vista and not one you should ignore.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

3 comments
Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you using the Windows Vista search feature? Has it made organization easier for you? The idea of folders and hierarchies is well entrenched in our collective psyches, are you finding it difficult to break from that pattern? I know I am.

Fil0403
Fil0403

"Are you using the Windows Vista search feature?" Of course I am, I'm not one of those who refuse to admit the quality and usefulness of a feature just because it comes from Microsoft. "Has it made organization easier for you?" Definitely. "The idea of folders and hierarchies is well entrenched in our collective psyches, are you finding it difficult to break from that pattern?" Not at all, because I'm not breaking from that pattern, the folders and hierarchies are all still there, I just use the powerful search capabilities of Vista as a complement to that.