This tool can be accessed from the Start Menu, Windows Explorer or by using this keyboard shortcut "Windows + F". My most favorite feature is that you can segregate files based on its type, size, modification/creation date and more. It becomes more convenient to find something if your Hard Disk is filled with loads of files and folders.
Here are some simple search operators to narrow down Windows search results to get the exact match.
1. Files created or modified this month
- ext:doc date:this month (you can substitute "doc" with any other file extension)
- date: 15-10-2012..25-10-2012 (adds a date range)
- Kind:videos date:>06-10-2013 (find videos added after this date)
2. Finding PowerPoint presentations
- ext:ppt technology (Searches for the word "technology" within document content and file names)
- ext:ppt filename:technology (Search only with file names)
3. Find gigantic files consuming your disk spaceIn this example the Windows Search tool finds video files larger than 128MB. You may also filter by size.
- size:gigantic kind:video
4. Look into Specific Folders on your Desktop
- todo folder:Program Files
- winamp winamp.exe folder:c:\program files (Searches winamp.exe in program files)
5. Easily find EmailsIt doesn't stop at files and folders. The Windows tool also helps you find emails in Outlook without any hassle.
- from:Sagar date:this month
- hasattachment:true size:>10mb (emails with attachments > 10MB in size)
- subject:"Jobs" from:monster.com
Windows Desktop Search can be a very handy tool for those with loads of unorganized data.