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Finding Files on a Windows PC

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Where Files are located


To find a file on your Windows PC, you will need to use the Windows Explorer browser provided.


Generally you will need to search under the Local Disk (C: on Computer Name)




Choose the Users folder/directory to display the computers' Users.


Choose the User that you are logged into the Windows PC Computer as.


This will display the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders, among others, for that User.




Choose the folder where your document/photo is stored.


Once you have found the file you are looking for, see Copy, Cut, and Paste to learn how to copy the file from the Local computer to your CloudSpace.



Finding files Using the Search box on the Computer Start menu

You can use the Search box on the Start menu to find files and folders stored on your computer.


To find an item using the Start menu:

Click the Start Button Start Button, and then type a word or part of a word in the Search box. Search results appear as soon as you start typing in the Search box.


Search Results


As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The Search results are based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.


Note: When searching from the Start menu, only files that have been indexed will appear in search results. Most files on your computer are indexed automatically. For example, anything you include in a library is automatically indexed.


Use the Search Box in a Folder or Library

You're often likely to be looking for a file that you know is in a particular folder or library, such as Documents or Pictures. Browsing for the file might mean looking through hundreds of files and subfolders. To save time and effort, use the Search box at the top of the open window.


Search Documents


The Search box filters the current view based on text that you type. The search looks for text in the file name and contents; and in the file properties, such as in tags. In a library, the search includes all folders included in the library as well as subfolders within those folders.


To search for a file or folder by using the search box:

Type a word or part of a word in the Search box. As you type, the contents of the folder or library are filtered to reflect each successive character you type. When you see the file that you want, stop typing.


For example, suppose your Documents library looks like this:


Documents Example


Now, suppose that you're looking for your invoice files, so you type "invoice" in the search box. As you type, the view is automatically filtered and you see something like this:


Results Example


You can also use other techniques in the search box to quickly narrow down a search. For example, if you're searching for a file based on one or more if its properties (such as a tag or the date the file was last modified), you can use search filters to specify the property in your search. Or, you can type keywords in the search box to narrow down your results even further.


Expand a search beyond a specific library or folder

If you can't find what you're looking for in a specific library or folder, you can expand the search to include different locations.


Type a word in the search box. Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, do one of the following:

Click Libraries to search across every library.
Click Computer to search across your entire computer. This is the way to search for files that aren't indexed (such as system or program files). However, be aware that the search will be slower.
Click Custom to search specific locations.