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How to find files in Windows

These instructions are a general guideline. Your exact steps may vary depending on how you've customized Windows.

Windows 10

  1. Select Start.
  2. Select File Explorer.

Windows 8

  1. Navigate to the Start screen, Windows desktop, or any full screen app.
  2. Press the Windows Logo key + F  (or CTRL + ESC).

Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Select the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen.
  2. Enter your search term in the Search programs and files field.

Windows XP

  1. Select the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen, then select Search.
  2. Select All files and folders.
  3. Type the name of your item in the All or part of the file name field.
  4. At the Look in field, select the drive or folder to search. (To search your entire computer, select My Computer.)
  5. Select Search. The search results appear in the right pane.

If you can't find the file you're looking for, you might need to view hidden files and folders.

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