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Using the Search Feature
Once you've used Windows 8 for a while, you'll start to have more and more files, such as music, photos, and documents. It may sometimes be difficult to find the exact file that you want. You may even have trouble finding a specific app, since Windows 8 has moved everything around. Luckily, there is a built-in search feature, which can help you find files, apps, or almost anything else on your computer.
To Search From the Start Screen:
Using Different Search Options
By default, the search results will show apps. However, you can select different search options on the right side of the screen to find files, settings, and more:
- You can select Settings or Files to search for a setting or file.
Searching for a file
- You can also use a specific app to search. For example, you can search the People app to find a friend's contact info.
Searching the People app
Searching From the Desktop
If you're on the Desktop, you will first need to press the Windows key to switch to the Start screen, and then type what you're looking for.
Searching on a Tablet
If you're using a tablet without an attached keyboard, you can search by swiping in from the right, and then selecting the Search charm. You can then type what you're looking for.
The Search charm