There’s An Easier Way… (Windows Search Part 2)

My Alternative to Windows Search

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MS Excel Start Screen with Recent files displayed

The Usual Process

Most professionals use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) everyday and deal with digital files in the form of PDF documents.

  • Or, open Excel, select a file from the “Recent Workbooks” list.
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Excel — Typical Path to Access Files

An Alternative Workflow

I outline my workflow below. There are two key considerations to remember:

  • Finding the file MUST BE easy. Literally, I want to spend as little time as possible finding and opening files.
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Windows Desktop Shortcuts folder

What do the Search Results Look Like?

  • Excel
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Search results — Excel files in descending Date order with Preview screen
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Selected file from Search results with Right-Click Menu
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Search results — Word files in descending Date order with Preview screen
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Search results — PowerPoint files in descending Date order with Preview screen
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Search results —PDF files in descending Date order with Preview screen
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Search results — Gmail emails in descending Date order with Preview screen

Conclusion

So, as I hope you see, there IS an easier way.

About Don

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