Windows – How to Save Searches for Easy Access

If you have a bunch of files and programs found in your Windows computer, then you would most probably do a bunch of searches from time-to-time. After all, using the search function is a whole lot easier than digging through your folders, wondering where you’ve placed said file or application. But life can be made easier; well, not really, but searching through your files can be. If you regularly do searches of the same file or software again and again, then you can make the operating system save your searches so that you don’t have to type the same search string over-and-over again.

Windows - How to Save Searches for Easy Access

Saving Searches in a Windows Computer

Step 1 – When it comes to saving searches in a Windows operating system, the process is pretty straightforward. Just after you’ve performed any search in the File Explorer, just select the “Search” tab. In here, you can then click on the “Save search” button. If you’re using a Windows 7 computer, then there is no “Search” tab to be found. Instead, you can find the Save Search button just under the address bar in Windows Explorer.

Step 2 – By default, the saved searches will be saved in a folder names “Searches.” The said folder can usually be found at “C:\users\<username>\” without the quotes. However, you also have the option of saving it practically anywhere within the system. Once again, if you’re computer is on the Windows 7 platform, then you can find the saved folder under the “Favorites” folder.

Step 3 – Saving your searches in the Windows operating system is already a handy feature in itself, but it can even be handier if you have an easier access to said folder. To do this, you can right click on the Searches folder, and then choose “Pin to Quick access” that will show on the pop-up menu. Once you’ve clicked on it, it will then show up in the File Explorer’s left sidebar.

Step 4 – Once you have an easier access to the Searches folder, all you have to do is double-click on it and you will be able to find all your search strings in there. Double-clicking on a particular search string will let the system run the search and show you the results.

Step 5 – You can even save a search in the Windows File Explorer just by dragging the icon found at the left side of the address bar. This way of saving searches can be used in Windows 7, 8, and 10 operating systems.


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