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 support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.