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Desktop Search Tools: Like Google for Your Computer

You know you saved it—that file that you spent hours working on a few weeks ago. That file you’re now desperate to retrieve but can’t locate. But it's not in your Recent Documents (because you weren’t working on it recently), and it's not pinned to a Jump List. You’ve clicked and clicked through the usual suspect folders, all to no avail—you just can’t find it. Well, this is why you don’t look, you let your computer search for you. Why should you spend precious time on the hunt for saved files when the computer can do it better and faster? Here are a handful of ways you can make searching for files easier on yourself.

Originally published February 6, 2012
Last updated November 5, 2020
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