Save your search results

If you regularly look for a certain group of files and end up performing the same search over and over again to find them, you might find it useful to save your search results. When you save a search, you don't have to manually rebuild the same view of your files every time; you only need to open that search, and Windows will perform a rapid search and display only the most current files that match the original search you performed.

Picture of the Navigation pane showing saved searches
Your saved searches are available from the Navigation pane
  1. Open Search by pressing Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F.

  2. Find your files. For more information on searching, see Find a file or folder.

  3. Once the search is completed, on the toolbar, click Save Search.

  4. In the File name box, type a name for the search, and then click Save.

    The Search will be saved in the Searches folder, which you can open by clicking the Searches link in the Navigation pane.


  • If you create a search that you use frequently, consider adding it to the Favorite links section in the Navigation pane. To do this, in the Navigation pane, click Searches, and then drag the saved search to the position in the Navigation pane where you want it to appear.

  • You can make a search easier to find by adding a tag when you save it. You can also add tags afterwards using the Details pane. For more information, see Add tags or other properties to files.

To open a saved search

  1. In the Navigation pane, click Searches.

  2. In the file list, double-click the saved search.