Here we want you to think instant Google™ type searches, but the target is not the Internet but rather a search through files in your local system.

   Windows™ offers a very powerful search capabilities. Depending upon your settings, the search can be at the folder level, the file level and (most useful) at the document content level.  When properly configured, Windows can perform full-text searches and even index (e.g., Google-style) every word of every file, document, email, etc. on your computer for instant retrieval.

   Windows lets you set up filters and complex search criteria. Much is possible with Windows search tools, and you have already paid for the capabilities. So you should take advantage of it. And Pathagoras lets you do just that.

   So, when you want to know 'where is that document I wrote 7 years ago that I need now. I haven't the slightest idea where I stored it, but I know it contains the words 'bouillabaisse' and 'refried beans!'  Well, Windows can find it if you previously enabled 'full content' indexing.

   And now, you can use Pathagoras to do the same. Actually, Pathagoras simply takes advantage of the Windows search function, but does so in a more efficient fashion.

   To activate the Search tool, click Pathagoras Features | Authoring/Editing tools. Select the Search Drive for Content entry.

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The Global Search screen will appear.

Search Screen

All of your systems drives will appear in the list. Select a Drive to search and provide a search term. Multiple terms can be selected using standard search logic found in other programs. You can restrict your search to just documents by checking the 'Documents Only' box.

 

Search Screen 2

Notes: You don't have to exit Word to hunt for your document.

   Your search doesn't start until you say 'Search.' (With regular Windows search, a slight pause in your typing in a search term will trigger Windows to 'start looking'. You then are blocked for a second or two, or 10, from completing the search term while Windows hunts for all documents it thinks you are looking for. The logic is to prepare for the next letter, but it's frustrating being locked out, especially if you made a typo in the letters.

   You can restrict your search to a designated folder by enabling the Search function on the PathSmart screen.

 

tipIf you anticipate using this feature frequently, you should place the its 'button' onto your Quick Access Toolbar (the 'QAT'). Just right click on the 'Search Drive' button and select the QAT option. That will provide instant access to this feature, and save you many clicks.