The Search feature of Windows 7 allows you to search your hard drive for files.
Open the start menu by pressing the Windows key. Alternatively, hover your cursor in the bottom-left area of the screen until the Start image appears and click.
Start typing your search query. As you type a search, results appear on the left. App search is selected by default, but you can also change the filter to search for settings (including control panels) and files.
- To jump straight into an Apps search, use Windows Key+Q. This is generally unnecessary because the search function defaults to Apps.
- To jump straight into a Settings search, use Windows Key+W.
- To jump straight into a Files search, use Windows Key+F.