With a new tool in Windows Vista called Instant Search, you're never more than a few keystrokes away from whatever you're looking for. Instant Search is integrated throughout Windows Vista, so all you have to do is type a file name, a keyword, or even text contained within a file into an Instant Search field to see fast, pinpointed, organized results. Instant Search is also contextual-it optimizes its results based on your current activity, whether it's searching for applets in the Control Panel, for music files in Windows Media Player, or searching all your files and applications in the Start menu.
Instant Search boxes help you find what you need when you need it.
From the Start menu
Instant Search is located on the Windows Vista Start menu, so you can find practically anything on your PC with as-fast-as-you-can-type performance. To find a specific file, e-mail message, contact, event, application, or Internet Favorite, simply open the Start menu and begin typing in the Instant Search field. As you type, Windows Vista instantly finds and displays matching items, whether they are applications, Internet Favorites, documents, media, contacts, calendar events, or e-mail messages.
Search your entire computer with Instant Search found in the new Start menu.
From within Explorers and the Control Panel
Instant Search is featured prominently in the upper-right corner of every Explorer, including Documents Explorer, Music Explorer, Pictures Explorer, and the new Search Explorer. Just as on the Start menu, you just have to type a few letters before the most relevant results are quickly displayed. If the results aren't what you're looking for, Instant Search also provides easy access to tools that can help you design more specific searches, or you can search the Internet using your search provider of choice.
Instant Search also appears in the upper-right corner of the Control Panel in Windows Vista. Type a word or phrase associated with the task you want to accomplish, and the Control Panel will filter down to the most relevant choices available to complete the task. For example, typing "change screen resolution" into the Instant Search field will quickly display all controls related to changing the resolution of your monitor.
By using Instant Search in the Control Panel, you can search for information related to a task that you need to accomplish, such as "changing screen resolution," "adding a printer," or "connecting to the Internet."
You'll also find Instant Search in the new Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Media Player. Anywhere you see the search field, just start typing, and you'll easily find what you're looking for quickly, consistently, and within the context of where you're searching.
Using Instant Search in Windows Media Player will return organized results related to your music and video files.