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One of the pillars of Windows Vista and Longhorn is to enable users to find information quickly. This includes documents, email, media and web pages a user might have browsed. Effective searching and browsing requires an infrastructure to index content and cache properties for that content.
Windows Vista gives you more flexibility when you search and organize your files. New controls such as the Quick Search box and Enhanced Column Headers simplify managing large amounts of on-screen data in any way that you want. In this post we're going to cover some basic concepts of the new Search functionality in Windows Vista as well as go over a few quick "How To" steps.
Issues with previous versions of Search
Terms and Concepts
The following terms and concepts are new or have been redefined in Windows Vista:
Searching for Programs
The Quick Search bar on the Start menu is immediately noticeable when you click the new Windows logo start menu. This search box allows a user to quickly search for programs on start menu as shown in the following figure.
To find a program from the Start Menu
Searching for Settings
Finding and changing settings in Windows Vista is now a little bit more challenging due to the added complexity and new features of the operating system. Even in Windows XP, it was difficult at times to find specific settings that a user might want to modify. Since the Windows Vista user interface has changed and control panel applets have been renamed, removed, or combined, it quickly became clear that the ability to easily search for settings was needed.
Searching the Control Panel
The default Control Panel view is a category view that groups control panel applets into commonly used categories. The user can also select a classic view where each applet is displayed separately. However, these views do not necessarily indicate which category or applet should be used to change a specific setting. New users often spend quite a lot of time looking for settings that they want to change.
In Windows Vista, a new Quick Search bar in the Control Panel can be used to quickly and easily search for a setting using plain text.
To find a setting in the Control Panel
Searching and Sorting Files
Finding your documents and files in Windows Vista is now easier than ever before. Search is integrated into the shell and the new sorting features use the power of Windows Search to make finding, displaying, and sorting files quicker and easier.
Searching for Files
To search for files in Windows Vista, search from the Start Menu or open a Windows Explorer window and open the Search Pane. Opening the Search pane will also allow you to select the Advanced Search as shown in the following figure.
To search for files
Using Saved Searches
Windows Vista also has some default saved searches that make it easy to find documents, images, and music files.
To use saved searches
OK - that just about covers the basics of the new Search features & functionality in Windows Vista. As you can see, Windows Vista has some powerful new search tools available. So until next time ...
- CC Hameed
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Just installed MS Office 2007 on a Sony laptop (VISTA O/S) that is not connected to a LAN. Tho all of the suite's other applications start OK, Word 2007 takes approx. 8 to 10 minutes to open. Can you provide assistance with solving this problem?
Thanx in Advance.
The indexing in my OS(Vista) was on earlier.now i have disabled indexing.But I am having a problem with the Indexes that have already been created.The folders created under Searches are taking a huge amount of space(around 15 GB).If i delete the files from searches the file also gets deleted from my hard disk.
Please tell me a way to delete those files from searches while retaining the original files.
Hello, askperf is way cool! I am an old VMS tuner/Capcity planner.
The indexers do tone it down when the system becomes busy but sometimes I feel like I am still competing with something that is "crawling" my system looking for new files.
Shouldn't indexing be added to into NTFS when files are created/deleted/modified?
More importantly my question is that I would like to tone the indexers down "more" since they just don't seem to back off quickly enough and I end up with Disk Queues when trying to use word.
I have added ReadyBoost, I have 2GB memory and I am waiting for a Hybrid drive. Ladies & Gentlemen, I am doing everything I can to use & tune Vista. I even spent the money on Ultimate just so I could have gpedit.msc and secpol.msc. I'm really trying Bill!
Bob Sikes - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am even spending the extra $'s on a Seagate Hybrid
drive to help enhance performance. I couldn't figure out why the Volume Info & MFT were so busy until I noticed the Indexers crawling around.
I have plenty of CPU 1.763ghz, 2GB Ram, ReadyBoost
and soon ReadyDrive. I had to turn off all of the tracing logfiles in the registry to get that clutter out of the way.
I defragment my drives every night with Diskeeper
and I cleanup my system disk pretty regularly.
My pagefile is the size of memory and I'm just tired of getting disk queues and slow response time because the indexers are backing off. I've done everything in my power to speed up Vista and now I think someone needs to either take another look at the indexers or explain to el stupio that this is not the issue.
Bob Sikes @ comcast.net