Tech Tip: Save search queries on your XP desktop

Follow these steps to save search queries on your desktop.

Do you frequently use Windows XP's Search utility to locate certain types of files using a complex set of criteria? If you repeatedly perform the same search operation, you may find it useful to save your search criteria to your desktop as a special shortcut.

When you need to perform the search again, you can simply double-click the shortcut and—with no additional criteria configuration—quickly launch the search operation by clicking the Search Now button.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Search, configure your search criteria, and click the Search Now button.
  2. Once the Search utility successfully completes the operation, go to File | Save Search.
  3. By default, the Save Search dialog box opens to the My Documents folder, but you can easily navigate to the desktop.
  4. Specify a name, and click Save.

The next time you want to perform this particular search operation, just double-click the Search shortcut on your desktop, and click the Search Now button.

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