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How to Save Searches in Windows 7

If you regularly search for a certain group of files in Windows 7, saving searches is a great way to access them more quickly. Here we’ll take a look at how to share and organize searches in Windows 7.

Saving Searches

Anytime you are performing a search, you can click on the Save Search button in Explorer.

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Now when you are in Explorer you will see the save searches under Favorites.

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Another way to save a search is dragging the search icon in the address bar into your listed favorites list. Like in this example where I searched for “type:flac” and drag the icon to the list.

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You might also want to create shortcuts to the searches on your desktop for easy access.

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If you have a lot of files on your machine and need a way to access them quickly, saving searches is a great way to increase productivity.

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  • Published 10/27/09

Comments (2)

  1. Starkiller

    Saved searches are different from virtual folders, right? Someone told me that I could organize my files differently with Windows 7 without having to copy or link certain files. Think organizing a mp3-collection, a single file could show up in multiple folders (eg. a folder for the group name. a folder for the genre and a folder for the year) If this is in Win7 I can’t find it, is there an article here about that? Or maybe I have to use links after all?

  2. Ryan

    Hi,

    Good article,

    how about a saved search for any file (word, ppt, xls, psd etc) that was opened or used “today” similar to mac os x finder/search for/today?

    any thoughts on if this can be done?

    thanks!

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