What to look for in Windows 7

A (slightly) simpler search box

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In Windows Vista, the Search window includes a complex pane, normally hidden, that you can use to choose search criteria. It’s gone in Windows 7. To pick criteria from lists, you click in the Search box and use a search filter. When you click a filter (the selection of filter types varies depending on the type of data) you get a list drawn from the dataset you’re using. For dates, a search filter uses the powerful calendar control shown here. If you’re reviewing the Windows 7 RC, make sure you try this feature.

This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.

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