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Enable Natural Language Search in Windows Vista

A great feature of Windows Vista’s search engine is its ability to understand natural language. Natural language support in Vista lets you search for things using language you’d use if you were talking to someone instead of computer mumbo-jumbo.

Unfortunately natural language support in Windows Vista’s search engine is turned off by default. This guide shows you how to turn it on and how to use it.

Learn how to turn on natural language search in Windows 7 [1] too.

Enable Natural Language Search

  1. Open Computer in the Start menu.
  2. Click Organize located at the top left of the Computer window and then select Folder and Search Options.
  3. Click the Search tab and then check off Use natural language search.


  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Using Natural Language Search

When you search using natural language you ask the search engine a question similarly to how you’d ask a person.

Here are some examples:

Get creative and play with different search terms. You’ll be surprised at how well it works.