Search With Cortana

If you can't find a file or a program on your computer, you can use the Cortana search box at the bottom of Windows 10. You can even use the search box to open up programs, if you use voice search.

Cortana search box

You can simply click inside of the box and type whatever you're searching for. In the image below we're searching for Windows 10:

A search tern entered into the Cortana text box

Notice the various categories: Best Match, Settings, Web, Store. These categories help you narrow down your search. Click the More arrow at the top to see more categories:

More Cortana search categories

So, for example, if you were searching for an image, you could click the Photos category to narrow down your search. Cortana would then only search for images. Click the X in the top right to go back to the first list of categories.

If you have a look at the top of the first list, you'll see three icons:

Icons to narrow down the search

These are shortcuts to search the Web, search the Documents folder on your computer, and search for Apps. Click one of these, if you're sure that whatever you are searching for is in one of these locations.

If you can't find any results, click the icon again (it should be highlighted):

The results of a Cortana search

You will be returned to the first screen:

A Best Match search using Cortana

In general, though, if you can't find a file you have saved or downloaded from the internet, a search using Cortana should be your first port of call.

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