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

Apply music filter

One nice feature of the Windows Vista desktop search feature is that it recognizes the different types of files. For example, I have applied the Music filter so that I only see music files. Under the Advanced Search pane I can also further refine the search to look for a specific song title, a contributing artist or a particular album.

Beyond organizing music files imagine how you could apply the same categorizing principles to a project with files from several different applications. By using a tag you could find the files no matter which application or even which person actually created them. If the files or folders exist in the right spot, they can be found with the saved Windows Vista desktop search. Organization is only a saved search away.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.