By default, Windows 7 Search does not search through file contents. To enable Windows 7 to search file contents as well as files names:
- In Windows Explorer (the window you use to do the normal search and view your files), press the Alt key and click Tools
- Click Folder Options…
- Click on the Search tab
- Select Always search file names and contents (this might take several minutes)
- Click Ok
Now, when you use Windows 7 Search, it will search through the contents of files, not just for the file names. You might want to consider turning on Indexing to make searching file contents faster 😉
Addendum: You can also use OR, AND, and NOT in searches, along with the following advanced search options:
Files whose names begin with “my file”. The ~< means “begins with.”
Files named “my file” The = means “matches exactly.”
Files whose names contain the word “my file” or the characters pro as part of another word (such as “process” or “procedure”). The ~= means “contains.”
Files that aren’t pictures. The <> means “is not.”
Files that were modified on 28/12/1981. You can also type “System.DateModified:1981″ to find files changed at any time during that year.
Files whose authors don’t have “lew” in their name. The ~! means “doesn’t contain.”
Files that are tagged with the word sunset.
Files that are less than 1 MB in size.
Files that are more than 1 MB in size.