Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where was that file? (Searching the F Drive)

Do you know how to find a file on the F Drive if you can't remember or don't know where it's saved?  Try this:

  • Windows logo key + F OR go to Start button-->Search-->For Files or Folders to open the search screen.

  • Change the drive to search to the F drive.

  • Put all or part of the file name in the search box.  Best to try only one keyword, as it will only add results if you add keywords.

  • Click Search Now:


  • You might want to sort by Modified date to see the most recently modified if it was something that's been updated recently.  This particularly helps when there are a lot of files with similar names that may be older versions of the one you want.

Still can't find your file?  You can try searching by words contained within the file by putting search terms in the second field where it says "Containing text" (instead of the first field).  Keep in mind that this may take quite a while to search the whole F drive within each file:

A final tip:  You can use search options in your search (below the search fields - use the check box to expand).   For example, you can limit your search to only Word documents or another file type.  This is particularly helpful when you have to search for a word that's fairly common in file names. 

This is a good reason to name your files appropriately. 

More info about finding your files here:

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