All of us have experienced the problem of spending too much time on the Internet, getting our eyes glued to the PC screens searching for things. In contrast, we spent quite less time in actually doing things. So,  what is the solution? For that, just take a glimpse of the next section for the nifty tips, that would help to do more and search less.


  • Be aware of your filters: By using the search box in the taskbar, which is done either by typing the search query or asking Cortana, produces numerous results, appearing from the local files, the web or from anywhere else. Windows 10 enlists search filters that help in narrowing the results. They are represented by the icons at the top of the search of the panel. All the filters can be viewed by clicking the down arrow button at the top right corner. With this the search becomes easy. By just entering the filter term like Apps, Documents, Folders, Music, Photos, Settings, Videos and Web, followed by a colon and then by adding the search terms, produces the most desired results.



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  •  Settings app vs. Control Panel:  Windows 10 now consists of both the essential Settings and the old Control Panel. But there is a way out to search both. When the Search is using the Search box in the taskbar, the results under the Settings will show case either a black-and-white or a colored icon next to them. The Settings app would also show results from the Control Panel, producing the same colorful icons, leading towards the Control Panel, after clicking on such a result.



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  • Certain Calculations: In case of a calculation, instead of the Windows 10’s Calculator app, directly an equation could be placed in the search box of the taskbar. In addition to the accurate answer, an online calculator, courtesy of Bing for further number crunching, can also be received.



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  • Search through File Explorer: Windows Explorer is also used for searching in PC like the Chrome or Edge. While searching for anything in the Windows Explorer, the search box in the top right corner can be used. This search provides for any directory selected in the left panel. Even if the results might be a bit slow in searching a large directory, searching a specific folder in Windows Explorer is much faster.



  • Saving the Searches: In stead of performing the same searches for innumerable times, the respective ‘searched’ component can be saved in Windows Explorer to make those subsequent searches easier.After entering the respective ‘search’ terms in Windows Explorer’s search box, click the Search tab from the ribbon that runs along the top of the window, needs to be clicked. Here, the search parameters for the date, file size and type, and so on can be changed and altered. When the search parameters have been set just right, clicking on the Save search and giving it a name saves the searches in the Searches folder of the ‘user folder’ by default, but this can also be saved to any folder of the user’s choice.



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