RE: The verb "to search" and Windows 7

Subject: RE: The verb "to search" and Windows 7
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: C G <cg -dot- tw75 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:01:42 -0700

C G wrote:

> Hi there,
> Here's 2/3 questions for the price of 1 =)
> We have a component whose name was recently changed to "Search for files".
> My boss asked why it wasn't called "file search" or "search files". I
> explained that what the component does is look inside folders and
> subfolders
> and give you a list of all the files that match your search criteria, which
> to me means it is searching FOR files. It doesn't look inside the files,
> which would be searching the files. Am I correct? Does the verb work in the
> same way in British and American English?
> But then my boss said that the search box of the start menu in Windows 7
> says "Search programs and files". Is it that Windows 7 also looks inside
> the
> files??
> Thanks for you help!

To resolve the issue and eliminate all the obsessing over nuances of meaning, I suggest calling it "Find files."

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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