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How to Find a File on a PC

Have you ever created or downloaded a document and then forgotten where you put it? It's a good thing that computers, like elephants, never forget.


  • Step 1: Turn on PC Turn on your PC and log in.
  • Step 2: Launch search Launch the search window by pressing the Windows key and the F key simultaneously.
  • TIP: All Windows operating systems have a search function accessible through the Start menu, but they may differ somewhat from Vista.
  • Step 3: Click Advanced Options Click on the Advanced Options button in the upper right hand corner of the search window.
  • Step 4: Choose a location Choose which location you would like to search by clicking on the Location drop-down menu.
  • Step 5: Narrow search Narrow your search by choosing a file type from the options below the address bar. If you don't know the file type, search "All."
  • Step 6: Type the file name Type the file name or just part of it in the Name text box.
  • TIP: Add other details to your search – such as file date, file size, tags, and authors – by utilizing the text boxes and drop-down menus available in Advanced Search.
  • Step 7: Start the search Click Search, or press Enter, when you've finished setting the parameters for your search.
  • Step 8: Scroll Scroll through the resulting file headers to locate the one you want and double-click it to open.
  • FACT: Did you know? The first computer to contain a memory device was called Baby. This UK computer had 1,024 bits of memory capacity.

You Will Need

  • A PC
  • A Windows Vista operating system

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