Search for anything

Wherever you see a search icon on your Windows 10 Mobile device, select it to search for help, apps, files, or settings.

Cortana

Cortana will help you find things on the web, get stuff done, and even identify that song you're hearing. Select the Search button to search with Cortana. Type what you're looking for, or select the microphone next to the search box if you'd rather say it. Select Music search , and Cortana will listen and identify a song for you. Learn more about Cortana.

Cortana music search

Search for apps

Need help finding an app? On Start

Start symbol
, swipe over to the All apps list. In the search box, type the partial or full name of an installed app to find it.

All apps list search

To find an app you don't have installed, type your search, and then select Search Store below the "No results…" message. You'll get results for apps and games in the Store that match your search, as well as relevant music, movies, and TV shows.

Search for files

To find a file on your phone, search using File Explorer. On Start

Start symbol
, swipe over to the All apps list, and then select File Explorer > Menu . Select either Recent or This Device, then select Search and type your search to find recent files or files across your entire device.

File Explorer search

Search for settings

To find a setting or settings menu on your phone, on Start

Start symbol
, swipe over to the All apps list, and then select Settings > Find a setting. Type the partial or full name of a settings menu, and you'll see all the results that match your search. For example, type "lock" to find lock screen, or type "mode" to find airplane mode and driving mode.

Settings search

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Article ID: 17261 - Last Review: Sep 7, 2016 - Revision: 9

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