Our computing devices have many files, folders, applications and other functions. Most of the time, we don't remember the exact location of what we want. And we are often too busy to explore our system and do an exhaustive search to find the location of the file we are looking for. The search bar or Cortana bar is useful right now. With Cortana, you just have to enter what you are looking for and in no time the best results will appear. And more often than not, we wouldn't know the exact name of the entity we're looking for. So we ended up writing some letters or a phrase that we remember instead of entering the full name. While this is useful, the problem with this type of search is that it returns too many results. And obviously most of these results wouldn't be of much help. But here's a little trick! You will surely know what kind of entity you are looking for, if not the exact name. Depending on what you are looking for (e.g. application, file, configuration or web search), you can filter the results. That is how:
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- Click on the Cortana (search) bar and type the letter / word / phrase of the entity you are looking for.
- Click on ellipsis menu(the three dots icon) in the upper right corner of the search bar.
You will see some options.
- If you click Applications, all applications will appear with their result.
I looked for the lyrics P and all applications with the letter p are displayed in the search result. Recently used and frequently used apps are displayed at the top.
- If you click settings, the corresponding configuration options will appear.
Here also the settings that correspond to the letter. P appear in the search results.
- If you click Fillet, filenames beginning with or containing the search keyword will be displayed in the following results.
All files starting with the letter P or have P everywhere in the name you see. Extensions are also included in search results. Then you can choose File and write png to get a result that contains all the images.
- And finally, by clicking on the Spider web The icon will show the best search results on the Internet. You can click on the desired result and you will be taken to the webpage in Microsoft Edge which uses Bing search by default.
Searching the web shows the best results for what you are looking for.
Hope this post was informative. If you'd like to save more valuable time spent searching, click here to read the filtered search options in Gmail.