The search box

You can display the search box by clicking on the AWE icon in your system tray or by clicking on the AWE icon on the toolbar. If you want the search box to be always on top of your open windows, right-click on its title bar and select the Always On Top option.

Enter your search in the search box. AWE searches your desktop and returns relevant results:

PDF files

PowerPoint files

Excel spreadsheets

Word documents

Emails

Image files

Email contacts

MP3 files

Recently viewed files

Email attachments (indicated by a paperclip)


You can view a result's summary by hovering over the result's link. To view a result, click on its link.

Note: if your computer is protected by a firewall, your firewall may display messages that AWE is trying to act as a server or trying to access the Internet. You should set your firewall to allow AWE to act as a server and to access the Internet, so it can index the local documents you want to be able to search and search for web results.

Click here for more details on firewalls.



 

Click here to go to the search box in-depth tutorial.







Advanced User Guide

Sorting results

You can sort local results by clicking on the available headers (these are Type, Title, To/from, Date and Subject).


Searching within results

You can search local results by title, sender, recipient, date and subject. Enter your search text in the appropriate text box above the local results' Title, To/from, Date or Subject/filename headers.

Note that you can switch between a sender and recipient search by clicking on the down arrow above the To/from header, and between different types of date search by clicking on the down arrow above the Date header.


Filtering local results


Click on:

To display:

all local document results

only PDF documents

only PowerPoint documents

only Excel documents

only Word documents

only email and email attachments

only JPEG images

only email contacts

only MP3 audio files

only recently viewed files


Note: results that are displayed with a paperclip are email attachments.


Using Boolean search

You can use the Boolean operators AND, NOT and OR to restrict the results that the search box returns.

For example:

cat AND dog

only returns documents that contain cat and dog

cat NOT dog

only returns documents that contain cat but not dog

cat OR dog

only returns documents that contain either cat or dog (or both)


If you want to use phrases, you need to use brackets.

For example:

city AND (New York)

only returns documents that contain city and New York

city NOT (New York)

only returns documents that contain city but not New York

city OR (New York)

only returns documents that contain either city or New York (or both)




 

Click here to go to the search box in-depth tutorial.