Documents Created Last Month
The limited documentation on this feature describes the format of the search as
[i]adjective kind verb value[/i]
So what do these mean?
adjective refers to a property on the file beyond the type of file you are looking for. The file type is described in the kind section of the search. So what could you use in this context. Try this
TIP: When trying out Natural Language, set the folder view to the Details view. This will help when figuring out the results. For example, when I used the example above I also got some Visual Studio files I wasn't quite expecting. They mapped to the size critera of the search. To narrow it down to just Gif's add image to the search
4kb gif image
Have a look through your file properties, especially music files that have nice adjectives.
The kind part maps to the Type property of a file. So using this information we could refine the search above to:-
Microsoft Excel 97-2003 Worksheet created last year
Fortunately you can also shorten the kind part to Worksheet and get the same effect.
verb surprisingly maps to what you want to search for. All these fall into that category:-
created today created last month created last year created by size 5kb Bit Depth 8
When you enter something like Bitdepth search will often give you a list of options, this serves two purposes. First you know the value ranges to use, and two you've entered a property search recognises.
gif image bit depth 8
yeilds quite a few results on my machine.
The last part is value, and we've covered this one already in the prevous examples, but one more for good measure.
Document size Tiny
On my system, this shows me all manor of Documents. I get Word, XML, HTML, Text and Adobe documents. Remember to narrow it down, try to provide a little more informaion.
Adobe Document size Tiny
Refines the search greatly. However, search treats Adobe and Document as two potential values to look in the file type for. In my case, I got both Acrobat files and Ebook files.
"Adobe Acrobat Document" size Tiny
Reduced my search to just the PDF files.
One really final example before I mention the most important part about Natural Language search.
"Adobe Acrobat Document" created last year
This one expands on the multi word date values AQS uses.
So now the really important bit before you go off and play for yourself.
Natural Language search is not on by default. You have to turn this option on. You do this from the Organize option on a folder. Select Folder and search from the menu and on the Search tab check Use Natural Language search.
You are now good to go.