Find files and documents on Windows 11 PC?
Searching files and documents on Windows 11 PC and finding them quickly is important, but the most important folders should be in the search index!
1.) Searching via the Windows 11 Start menu search!
Here in the example, I am looking for my Stadtwerke München gas bill
1. Windows + Q keyboard shortcut and the term Stadt*2022
2. All documents are displayed and can be opened
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You can also limit it to only PDF Files "Stadt*2022*pdf"
| (Image-1) Find files and documents on Windows 11 PC!
2.) Search using the file explorer!
Here in the example, I am looking for my electricity, gas, water summary in Excel
1. First I open the folder (if known)
2. Enter the search term, the indexed files appear, and you can select them immediately via the menu
3. Optionally you can do it restrict by more terms and confirm with the Enter key
4. Then it appears in the File Explorer file list
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Just use different terms and play around a bit to understand how it all works. You can find the documents quite quickly and don't have to rummage through the hard drive for a long time.
| (Image-2) Find files and documents in Windows 11 File-Explorer!
3.) Check which folders are in the search index!
By default, Windows uses the index when searching to provide you with the fastest possible search results. The search index contains only your selected locations. These locations can be filtered based on file types, extensions, file properties, and file content to be indexed.
Settings and tips: ►► Disable Windows 10/11 search indexing (customize, enable)?
4.) More tips for searching and Co. on Windows!
Searching and finding something is very important, and it's no different on Windows 11. As a rule, the search under Windows 11 works very well, especially in the indexed folders you will find what you are looking for very quickly. Here you will find more tips about Windows search that might be helpful to you, just click through and find out more.
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