If you regularly use the Windows XP Search facility then this simple little tip will save you a few seconds each time. All you have to do is click on the Start button, click and hold on the Search icon then drag it onto the Quick Launch toolbar for rapid access. Here are some more quick Search tips from Propellerhead. Open Search then click the More Advanced Options link and make sure that Search System Folders, Search Hidden Files and Folders and Search Subfolders are all checked. To make these options stick you will need to carry out a Search before you Exit the dialogue box.
If you haven’t got around to it yet or you are using a new PC you should change the Windows default which hides ‘Hidden Files and Folders’, you can do that from Windows Explorer, click Folder Options on the Tools menu, select the View tab and check ‘Show Hidden files and folders’. Finally, don’t forget, If you can remember the full name or extension of a file you can use a ‘wildcard’, simply use an asterisk for any part of the file or the extension. For example, if you are looking for a file with ‘dave’ in the name, but you can’t remember the whole name, or the extension, just type dave*.* into the ‘All or part of the filename’ box. For one of the best selections of up to date tips and tweaks for Windows PCs head over to the archive at PCTopTips.