Find & organize

Windows 8, Windows RT

Find and organize your files with Windows

Find & organize

When it comes to your folders and files, are you a filer who organizes everything neatly into a personalized folder structure, or are you a piler who saves things wherever they’re handy? Or maybe you’re a combination of both. Windows works for however you want to store your files.

Search

The best and fastest way to find that document, no matter where you stashed it, is to use the Search charm. The Search charm is available anywhere in Windows 8 and Windows RT. It helps you find apps and settings, as well as files, on your PC.

Here's how to get to the Search charm:

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

It replaces the search box on the Start menu, which you might be used to using in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. With the Search charm, there's room for more results and more info about each result.

Use the Search charm to find an app on your PC

You can also use the Search charm to search within an app that's installed on your PC. For example, if you're writing a paper in a word-processing app, you can use the Search charm to find another document on your PC or quickly look up something in an encyclopedia app.

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Check the Touch, mouse, & search section of Support for solutions.

Use SkyDrive to help prevent multiple versions of the same file.

Use the charms, like the Search charm, to help you do the things you do most often.

Add the files and apps you use most to the Start screen.