I’ve never been much of a sophisticated searcher either on the web or the desktop. Much of the time I just plug in the word or phrase I want to search for and let the platform do its things. I also know that for almost as long as there has been search of any kind there has been boatloads of trick that you can use to return better results, I just never seem to remember them or want to go hunting for them at the time I am searching for something.
I do know that in previous versions of Windows there were some tricks you could use while searching your files; but it seems that with Windows 7 they have stepped up the game a little with all kinds of ways to improve your search.
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