Finding a File

If I tell you there's a file on your system called My File and that this file is located in the My Documents folder and that you should open it with WordPad, you would probably have no trouble bringing it up and looking at it. On the other hand, if I were to tell you that there's a file on your system called My File and ask you to go look at it, you might have a bit more trouble. Where do you look for the file? How do you locate it? Enter the Windows XP Search function:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on Search.

I didn't tell you what type of file you were looking for so all you can use at this point is All files and folders.  If I gave you some indication as to what type of file you were looking for, you might use something different.  Click on All files and folders.

I told you the name of the file you are looking for is My File.  As you can see, we could enter and/or all of this name.  My would work as well as File.  The more you know, the better.  We can enter My File.  I didn't give you any indication where the file is located so all we can do is search the entire hard drive.

Click on Search to begin looking for the file.  The file you're looking for may appear quickly, but it may take a while for the search to complete.  Be patient.

Your results may be different from mine, but the file should be there if you've been going through this tutorial.

In Windows 95 and 98, this facility is called the Find facility.  The look and feel of the window is different and not as user-friendly, but essentially the same things are available.  Windows ME calls this facility Search, but it works pretty much like Windows 95 and 98.

 Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 03/02/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)