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Interactive video lesson plan for: How to Find a File on a PC

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Have you ever created or downloaded a document and then forgotten where you put it? It's a good thing that computers, like elephants, never forget.

Step 1: Turn on PC
Turn on your PC and log in.

Step 2: Launch search
Launch the search window by pressing the Windows key and the F key simultaneously.

All Windows operating systems have a search function accessible through the Start menu, but they may differ somewhat from Vista.

Step 3: Click Advanced Options
Click on the Advanced Options button in the upper right hand corner of the search window.

Step 4: Choose a location
Choose which location you would like to search by clicking on the Location drop-down menu.

Step 5: Narrow search
Narrow your search by choosing a file type from the options below the address bar. If you don't know the file type, search "All."

Step 6: Type the file name
Type the file name or just part of it in the Name text box.

Add other details to your search – such as file date, file size, tags, and authors – by utilizing the text boxes and drop-down menus available in Advanced Search.

Step 7: Start the search
Click Search, or press Enter, when you've finished setting the parameters for your search.

Step 8: Scroll
Scroll through the resulting file headers to locate the one you want and double-click it to open.

Did You Know?
Did you know? The first computer to contain a memory device was called Baby. This UK computer had 1,024 bits of memory capacity.

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