By now many of you have upgraded to Windows 10. One of the features that seems to have everyone talking is Cortana, the Windows 10 personal assistant. While Cortana is innovative, you still might to use a normal desktop search in Windows 10 – in this case File Explorer is what you need, and what you are looking for.
On previous versions it was called Windows Explorer, but File Explorer is basically the same desktop search tool with a couple of differences. The basic layout of the desktop search in Windows 10 will look familiar if you have used a version of Windows from XP or beyond. Here’s what is happening with the new File Explorer.
Windows 10 Desktop Search
Just like any desktop search, FE has a search bar. When using the desktop search function in File Explorer your search will only work within the folder you have selected. This can be great if you have hundreds of files within a folder. Also clicking the search bar will automatically open the search tools section of the Ribbon Interface. This desktop search tool will be able to search for files and folders which have been modified on a specific date, it can search by file size or type, and even save searches that you can access later.
File Explorer has the main functionality and layout focused on the left side of the window pane. You can access your files and folders from here, but there are some advanced functions made available by the ribbon interface. This function or interface was actually introduced in Windows 8. You can open this by clicking, HOME, SHARE, or VIEW, but if you would like to make it visible at all times, you can click “down” found next to the folder name in the header, then unselect “Minimize the Ribbon.” Now you can explore some of the options in the file explorer ribbon.
The new Windows 10 desktop search may require some getting used to, but with some organization on your part, file explorer should find what you are looking for.
Windows 10 Search Tips
An interesting trick in Windows 10 search can show you more results if the item you need doesn’t pop up in the original results. Here’s what you need to do: