Saving Searches and Clearing Search History

After you have completed a search and displayed its results in Windows Explorer, you can save the search parameters for later reuse. Click the Save Search button that appears on the toolbar in a Search Results window (or drag the search icon from the address bar into the Favorites node in the navigation pane). The saved search is added to the Favorites list in the navigation pane and is also stored in %UserProfile%\Searches. A default installation of Windows 7 doesn't make this folder easy to find; you'll need to click Start, click your user name at the top of the right column, and then double-click Searches. If you use this location regularly, consider adding it to a library or to the Favorites list in the navigation pane.

When you save a search, you are saving its specification (technically, a persistedQuery), not its current results. The next time you double-click the Saved Search icon, Windows re-executes the search against the current contents of the search index. (If you're interested in the XML data that defines the search, right-click the saved search in your Searches folder, choose Open With, and choose Notepad or WordPad.)

Each of your previous searches are also included in a history list. When you click in the search box, you'll see a drop-down list of searches that are available for reuse. In some cases, this is a tremendous convenience . But it's a nuisance if you mistyped a search term or created a set of search parameters that didn't produce useful results. To clear a single item from the list, click in the search box and then use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to move through the list. Press Delete to remove the highlighted entry.


Advanced File Management

Recovering Lost, Damaged, and Deleted Files and Folders

Encrypting Information

Industrial-Strength File Management with Robocopy and Robocopy GUI

Synchronizing Files Between Multiple Computers 343

Relocating Personal Data Folders

Perhaps you have noticed that In the language of Microsoft Windows dialog boxes, the word advanced does not invariably mean technically complex, obscure, esoteric, or arcane. Sometimes its meaning is closer to miscellaneous. In the spirit of this long-established usage, we offer in this chapter a file-management miscellany. We explore the very un-esoteric Recycle Bin and the less visible but more powerful recovery tool known as Previous Versions, various methods of managing files when you need to use them on more than one computer, techniques for separating your personal data files from your system files (should you desire to separate them), some ways to encrypt data, and a powerful and somewhat obscure file-management program called Robocopy.

The Offline Files and Encrypting File System features described in this chapter are available only in the Professional and Ultimate/Enterprise editions of Windows 7 . BitLocker To Go volumes can be locked and unlocked in any edition of Windows 7, but those volumes can only be created and their encryption settings managed in Ultimate/ Enterprise editions. Likewise, BitLocker Drive Encryption is supported only in Ultimate/ Enterprise editions.

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