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Make your searches flexible

You don't need to enter a precise date as part of a search term . Instead, Windows Search recognizes "fuzzy" date qualifiers like today, tomorrow, this week, and last month. This technique lets you create saved searches that you can use to quickly open a window showing only the files you've worked on this week or last week. A search that uses dates picked from the calendar wouldn't be nearly as useful next month for identifying current projects, but one built using these relative dates will continue to be useful indefinitely.

You can also use ranges to search by file size. The search filters suggest some common ranges and even group them into neat little buckets like the ones shown here, so you can type size: and then click Gigantic to find files greater than 128 MB in size.

Empty [0 KB) Tiny [0 -10 KB) Small (10 -100 KB) Medium [100 KB-1MB) Large [1-16 MB) Huge [15 -120 MB) Gigantic [>120 MB)

Again, don't be fooled into thinking that this list represents the full selection of available sizes . You can specify an exact size range, using operators such as >, >=, <, and <=, or you can use the ". ." operator. For example, size:0 MB..1 MB is the same as size:< = 1 MB. You can specify values using bytes, KB, MB, or GB .

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