Windows search indexing on Vista was slow and painful, but that all turned around in Windows 7. If you want to fully utilise and navigate Windows 7's improved search, tech productivity blog MakeUseOf offers some solid tips.
If you've spent any time using Windows 7, you most likely are familiar that by typing phrases in the Start menu search box, you can find and launch specific files and programs. Similar to Google-searching, you can also use specific filters and wildcards to narrow down your results.
By putting things in quotation marks, using words like AND/OR, you can filter your search for more specific results. Much like searching Google within specific sites (i.e. site:lifehacker.com.au), there's the ability to search by size, type and other properties:
You can also search by file properties like author, title, date, status, keywords, etc. from within the search box. Then there are special properties that are available for certain file types like the birthday: operator available for contacts, hasattachment: available for emails.
Hit up the full post for more details, and share your own regularly-used Windows search tips in the comments.
Top 7 Windows Search Tricks Used by Pro Users [MakeUseOf]