How To Search For Files In Windows 10 Easily

We have all been there. You want that file from a while back, but where has it gone? You could also wonder, is it still on my computer? Here is how to search for files in Windows 10 and access the ones you need quickly and easily.

Windows File Explorer is a useful tool for many things. One of them is the ability to get files anywhere on your computer.

Sometimes, searching can take some time, depending on the number of files on your computer, but showing patience will return the results you are after.

The same technique will work for folders, too. So don’t be surprised if you see folders with the same name being produced within the results.

How to search for files in Windows 10

Below is my favorite way to search, using the easily accessible Windows utility called File Explorer. Its search function allows you to target searches in specific folders, too. Follow these steps from the images and the text to learn how to get to those files in no time!

  1. Open Windows File Explorer (Hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard and tap ‘E’, then release the Windows key).
  2. In the left-hand pane, select the location. Example: This Computer or Local Disk (C:).
  3. Move your mouse pointer over the search box on the top right-hand corner of your screen and press your left mouse button.
  4. Type a portion of the exact name of the file and press enter for File Explorer to work on your result.

Be patient and allow your computer to show your results. It sometimes can take a bit of time, depending on the number of files on your drive and the drive’s speed.

After your result, you can do anything with the file you want. You can edit, copy, move, or delete it.

Search for a program

You can start typing the program name you want by clicking on the Windows start menu icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

As you type the name, it will anticipate the program you seek by showing the most relevant result. Your program will appear at the top of your Start Menu. It will begin by displaying the closest match first, then the closest matching results thereafter.

The reason for searching for a program through the Start Menu is that it will produce fewer but more specific results. Windows File Explorer will show the results of all the files within the selected drive or folder.

Search by date created or modified

Open Windows Explorer. Type in any of these date-related parameters first in the search bar before your query:

  • date:
  • datemodified:
  • dateaccessed:
  • datecreated:
  • datetaken:

Related questions

How do I search for a folder?

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type in the folder name in the search box.
  3. Your folder will appear in the results.

How do I do an advanced search?

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Left-click on the search button option on the menu.
  3. Left-click on the ‘Advanced options’ drop-down menu.
  4. Left-click on the advanced option you want.
  5. Complete the search in the text box.


Many software applications offer a search function. Yes, some of them work well, like a tool called Everything.

Of course, it’s down to personal preference. I still find it difficult to keep track of all the software applications on my computer. Some of them I even forget about.

Would installing an app like this be an everyday benefit? If not, I’d recommend just sticking with the old way of searching, as I’ve shown above.

You can use any computer and find things immediately without installing extra software.