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PC tip of the day - day 104: Searching in Windows Explorer

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Day 104 / 365

Keyboard shortcut: To search from within Windows Explorer, hit F3. Windows XP will change the left frame to a search screen. To turn search mode off in Windows XP hit F3 again. When using Windows 7 or 8 hitting F3 puts the cursor in the search text box in the upper right corner of the window.

The F3 shortcut for searching is common in many programs.

Searching for files starting at My Computer or at Drive C: in Windows Explorer will likely be very time consuming. To search for a file(s) in a specific folder and its subfolders move to that location in Windows Explorer and start a search. You can specify whether you want to search all subfolders (which is the default) or not.

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