How to search for a file on my laptop

BillW
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How to search for a file on my laptop

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I should have some past-years calendars that I created on my laptop. I need to do a search for those files so I can modify one to make a file for this year. How do I do that - I have forgotten everything I ever knew about this subject!

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Re: How to search for a file on my laptop

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If you know roughly where the calendars should be - for example in a subfolder or subsubfolder of your Documents folder, select that top folder in Windows Explorer/File Explorer
Otherwise, just select the hard disk where they should be found.
Click in the search box near the upper right corner of the Windows Explorer/File Explorer window, or press Ctrl+F.
Type a search phrase, for example calendar, or the name of a month (assuming that the calendar contains month names), then press Enter, and wait for the search results. This might take some time.
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Re: How to search for a file on my laptop

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Thanks, Hans, for answering my question. After a long delay for another problem, I am back to this, and I want to pursue this further. Unfortunately, because of my dementia I am not able to remember all the stuff I used to know about navigating with the cmd line commands. I cannot locate that search box that you mentioned! I think I have to get out of Windows to do that. I am hoping you can give me more specific instructions for this.

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Here is a screenshot of Windows Explorer. My Documents folder is selected. The search box is in the upper right corner of the window.

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Re: How to search for a file on my laptop

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Thanks for your info. How do I get out of windows so I can execute command line commands?

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Re: How to search for a file on my laptop

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BillW wrote:
08 Jan 2022, 15:15
I should have some past-years calendars that I created on my laptop.
Hello Bill.
I use two general-purpose search tools for this, as I find that Windows search is neither fast nor powerful.

Everything
Free download at voidtools (Everything 1.4.1.1015)
There is a user forum (same format as Eileen's Lounge) at https://www.voidtools.com/forum/search. ... d=newposts
I use Everything to search across several drives at once, when I know all or part of the file's name.


FileSearchy
Free download at Lo4D.com
I use FileSearchy when all I can remember is a word within a document.
For example" "I know that I wrote a letter to Harold, but where is it?"
FileSearchy let's me search all *.DOC files, optionally within a date range, looking for the string "Harold" within the document.

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BillW wrote:
27 Jan 2022, 02:55
Thanks for your info. How do I get out of windows so I can execute command line commands?
Click the Windows button.
Type command
The first search result should be Command Prompt.
Click on this to open the Command Prompt window.
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Chris,
You can use "Everything" to do this searching within a "Document".
Have a look at the listing under the Search on the menu!
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Re: How to search for a file on my laptop

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DaveA wrote:
27 Jan 2022, 16:42
You can use "Everything" to do this searching within a "Document".
Have a look at the listing under the Search on the menu!
Thank you, Dave.

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