The new windows 7 search was beginning to drive me a bit bonkers.
it’s quite clever once you understand it but there doesn’t seem to be any help or any easy user interface to search with.
Basically the windows 7 search works using attributes, you put these in the search box with a : after it.
so if you want to search for a file created today you would put in
or a file containing the word hosk
it’s taken me ages to find the search syntax
|author:name||author:patrick||Finds items with patrick in the Author property.|
|author:(name)||author:(patrick hines)||Finds items with patrick hines in the Author property.|
|author:(name OR name)||author:(patrick OR bob)||Finds items with patrick or bob in the Author property.|
|author:name name||author:patrick bob||Finds items with patrick in the Author property and bob anywhere in the document.|
|from:name||from:patrick||Finds items with patrick in either fromName OR fromAddress, since “from” is a property name for both fromName and fromAddress.|
|before:date||before:10/9/2007||Finds items whose PrimaryDate field contains a date before 10/9/2007.|
|after:date||after:10/9/2007||Finds items whose PrimaryDate field contains a date after 10/9/2007.|
|has:attachment||report has:attachment||Finds items containing the word report that have attachments. Same as hasattachment:true|
|is:attachment||report is:attachment||Finds items that have attachments containing the word report. Same as isattachment:true|
this site has a bunch of useful stuff about windows search