An easy way to keep track of documents on your computer is to use the Documents library. By default, the Documents library shows all the documents located in the My Documents folder, but you can include other folders in your Documents library, too. For more information, see Include folders in a library.
Open the Documents library by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Documents.
See a preview of a document without opening the program it was created in
For certain kinds of files, you might need to have additional software installed.
Open a document in the default program for the document's file type
Double-click the document.
Open a document in a different program
Right-click the document, point to Open with, and then click the program that you want to use.
Arrange your documents by folder, author, tag, or another property
In the library pane (above the file list), click an item in the Arrange by list.
In the Arrange by list, click Clear changes.
Find a document by file name or property
In the search box, type the name of the file or property. You can type the entire name, or just the first few letters.
For information about adding properties to a file, see Change the properties for a file.
Find a document by author
Click in the search box, click Authors, and then click a name to view all documents created by that author.
Return to the Documents library after searching
Find a document by file name extension
Click in the search box, click Type, and then click a document file type.
Find documents that were modified on a specific date or date range
Click in the search box, click Date modified, and then click a date or a date range.
Find documents that were created on a specific date or date range
In the search box, type datecreated:, and then click a date or a date range.
You can change the items that appear in your Documents library by including folders. This can be convenient if you store some documents in a location other than the My Documents or Public Documents folders.
In the library pane (above the file list), next to Includes, click Locations.
In the Documents Library Locations dialog box, click Add.
Click the folder or drive containing documents, click Include folder, and then click OK.