Windows 8 Files: More Techniques

Mastering Windows 8 File Search

Get into the rhythm of the syntax, Keyword colon operator when searching for large or small files in Windows 8.Search Windows 8 Files by SizeSearch Windows 8 Files by Size

  • Size:>10mb Greater than 10 megabytes.
  • Size:<1mb Smaller than 1 megabyte
  • Once you type 'Size:' observe a context sensitive menu featuring Tiny, Medium and Large files.

Windows 8 Search for File Extensions
If you know the file extension then type the keyword 'Ext' in the Windows explore search box. The rhythm is: Ext colon followed by a period, then the letters of your file extension. The good news is that Windows Explorer's autocomplete and autocorrect will guide you to finding the correct files.

  • Ext:.doc
  • Ext:.txt
  • Additionally, you could also apply a Boolean operator Ext:.doc OR Ext:.txt

Search Using a Date Filter
Note the singular 'date', followed directly by the colon, however, there is a space between the two keywords. Here are examples:

  • Date:Last month
  • Date:This week
  • Date:Next year

If you are trying to find a photograph try this:

Windows 8 Search by Kind of FileWindows 8 Search by Kind of FileKind of File
When I was looking for text documents in different formats, I stumbled across this option to search for file types:

The keyword is Kind: (Remember that colon:)

Search By Authors
There are other keywords such as Authors that you could use for searching through files in mixed folders.

Author:="Guy Thomas"

Remember the Old Faithful Wildcards *?
I almost forgot, sometimes using the old * wildcard, or ? for a single character is the quickest way to find your file.

Windows 8 Save Search

Save a Search in Windows 8Save a Search in Windows 8

Windows Explorer RibbonWindows Explorer RibbonIf you regularly search for a particular file pattern consider saving your search. Another alternative is to check the Recent searches, see screenshot above.

Talking of Windows Explorer Ribbon, from the 'File' menu you can also 'Change folder and search options'. See screenshot to the left. What this offers in addition to tweaking the search locations, is the ability to show hidden files, folders and drives.