You're often likely to be looking for a file that you know is stored somewhere in a particular folder, such as Documents or Pictures. Unfortunately, actually locating the file you want might mean browsing through hundreds of files and subfolders. To save time and effort, use the Search box.
The Search box is located at the top of every folder (as well as at the bottom of the Start menu). It filters the current view based on text that you type. The search is based on text in the file name and the file itself, tags, and other file properties. It looks in the current folder as well as all subfolders.
To search for a file or folder using the Search box:
Type a word or part of a word into the Search box.
As you type in the Search box, the contents of the folder will be filtered to reflect each successive character you type. When you see the file you want, you can stop typing. You don't need to press ENTER, since searching happens automatically.
For example, suppose you start with a folder that looks like this:
Now suppose that you're looking for your invoice files, so you type "invoice" in the Search box. As you type, the view is automatically filtered and you see something like this:
For more information on using the Search box, see Tips for finding files.