How do I save and refine desktop searches in Microsoft Windows Vista?

Apply filters and reveal Advanced options

To further refine your search results you can apply a filter that shows you only e-mail or pictures or music or perhaps just documents. I chose to filter out all but documents from the results. I also clicked the Advanced Search button to reveal several other ways you can refine a Windows Vista search.

With the Advanced Search options revealed, you can change the location where the search is conducted, the date modified, and the size. You can specify a name or tag or author to the search conditions.

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