Using the improved search features in Windows Vista, you can search from many places, including the Start menu, Control Panel, and any folder. No matter where you are, you can usually find what you want, even if the item you're searching for is in a different location.
The Search box on the Start menu is one of the most convenient ways to find things on your computer. Just open the Start menu and start typing. You don't even need to click inside the box first. As you type, the search results appear above the Search box in the left pane of the Start menu.
The Search box on the Start menu will search your programs and all of the folders in your personal folder (which includes Documents, Pictures, Music, Desktop, and other common locations). It will also search your e mail messages, saved instant messages, appointments, and contacts. It performs the same tasks as the Run command, giving you a quick way to open programs, files, folders, and—when you're connected to the Internet—websites.
The Search box in a folder will search within the current location by default, though you can expand the search to include additional locations as well.
For more information on searching, see Find a file or folder.