How to Find an Audio File on the Computer

By Carl Hose

An audio file is a file that contains music or any other type of audio information. There are many different types of audio files, including MP3, MP4, WAV and MIDI. Sometimes when you download an audio file to your computer and don't pay attention to the folder to which it was downloaded, you may find it difficult to locate the file when you're ready for it. Finding a lost audio file on your computer is simple. There are a couple of methods, any of which even a beginner can learn in just a few minutes.

Open any audio software you may have on your computer. Go to the "File" menu, choose "Open", and browse your computer folders. Any audio files that reside on your computer in any folder will be available to open when you come to a folder. If there are no audio files in a particular folder, you won't see anything available.

Click the "Start" button in Windows and enter a search term in the search function at the bottom of the menu. If you know the name of the file you're looking for, simply type it in and hit enter. A list of search results will be returned, including the audio file you're looking for if it exists on your computer.

Type a list of audio extensions in the search feature, such as MP3, WAV or any audio file type your looking for. The search results will include all audio files on your computer with the given extension.

Browse your computer manually. Start by clicking on the "My Music" folder. Many downloads that involve a music file choose that folder by default.