How to Include Subfolders in a Search on Windows 7

By Michael Batton Kaput

The folders stored on your operating system are better compared to file cabinets than actual folders. These digital dropboxes can hold individual documents, but also a series of subfolders with their own sets of documents and, yes, folders. That can make locating files on your hard drive difficult. If you use Windows 7, you can tailor the operating system's search functions to scan all of these subfolders and find the file you're looking for with ease.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button.

Step 2

Click "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Folder Options."

Step 4

Click on the tab marked "Search."

Step 5

Check the box next to the option labeled "Include subfolders in search results when searching in file folders."

Step 6

Click "Apply."

Step 7

Click "OK" to include subfolders in your Windows 7 searches.