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Windows XP - Using the Search Function

This document explains how to perform Windows search on Windows XP.

Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista

NOTE: Windows 95/98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista are no longer supported by the Help Desk. We can only provide best effort support. If we are unable to resolve your Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista issue, you may be able to find help in Microsoft's Knowledge Base.

These products are no longer actively supported by Microsoft. No further development will take place on these products and security updates are no longer issued. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to Windows 10 or 8.

To find files or folders on your computer, please follow these steps:
  1. Click on Start -> Search -> For Files or Folders.

    getting to the files/folders search

  2. Click on All files and folders on the left pane of the search result window.

    Search result window

  3. Type or select any or all search criteria.
    • Use asterisk if you don't know the exact file name. For example, engine*.doc will generate all Word files with file names that start with engine (e.g. engine, engineer, engineering, etc).
    • Asterisk can also be used to find all files with similar type. For example, *.doc will generate all Word files.

  4. Click Search.

  5. If you can't find the file you're looking for, try clicking on More advanced options.

  6. Check Search hidden files and folders.

    More advanced options

  7. Click Search.

Keywords:windows xp searching files folders using hidden   Doc ID:3387
Owner:Jeff W.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2004-12-05 18:00 CSTUpdated:2014-04-08 14:54 CST
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