How to use search filters in Windows Explorer?

Microsoft Windows Explorer displays the files and folders in an organizational way. Windows Explorer will display the files or folders are in the selected folder or drive. If the selected folder or drive has large number of files; it is difficult to us to look for the file what we need either based on the file name or based on the attribute or even based on the content inside the file.

This article discusses about the search filters used in the Search box in Windows Explorer.

This article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 7

Windows Explorer provides a powerful feature to allow to find the files within the selected folder or its sub-folders by using search box in Windows Explorer.

Search box in Windows Explorer allows us to give the name of the files or folders you want to search within the selected folder; or allows to provide the text to search within the files which are in the selected folder; or even it allows to search the files based on the given search filters.

Search box will be displayed on top right corner in the Windows Explorer window.

Microsoft Windows Explorer - Search box

Microsoft Windows Explorer – Search box

When you place cursor within the search box, drop down list will display with recent search items within the list. Bottom of the list it displays available filters based on the folder you selected. Yes, it is correct. The filters in Search box are based on the selected folder. For eg: the search filters will be different for normal folder than the Music folder than the Videos folder.

Step (1). Place the cursor inside the search box. As discussed, it will display a drop-down list.

Step (2). So selected folder type related filters will be displayed in the drop-down list. From drop-down list, select the filter.

Below is the screenshot which displays the search filters for Music folder.

Microsoft Windows Explorer - Search filters - Music folder

Microsoft Windows Explorer – Search filters – Music folder

Step (3). Now it displays the list of selected filter’s values in drop-down list. Select the listed value from the list.

Microsoft Windows Explorer - Search filters - Music folder - Genre values

Microsoft Windows Explorer – Search filters – Music folder – Genre values

Step (4). Notice that the files in the explorer will be displayed which satisfies the given filter condition.

You can refine your search results by applying more search filters. Note that Windows Explorer allows to apply multiple filters at a time.

Step (5). To clear the search filters, click on (x) mark in search box. So Windows Explorer clears the search filter and displays the files or folders are in the selected folder or drive.

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