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How do I configure Windows Search to index shortcuts on my desktop that are not in the Start menu? C:\users\myusername\Desktop is amongst indexed locations.

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This should at least work for Windows 10.

  1. Click on the Windows key.
  2. Type Indexing Options and click enter.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Click File types.
  5. Add .lnk as a new file type.
  6. Click OK.

Make sure your desktop is amongst indexed locations.

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Do you mean .ink or .lnk? – G-Man Oct 17 '15 at 21:25

I guess that you're using Windows 7 so in order to change Windows Search Index, just do the followings: 1) Press 'Windows Key' and type 'Indexing Options', you will Indexing Options in the search result; let choose it

2) Now you will see Indexing Options windows, let choose Modify

3) When 'Indexed Locations' appears, let choose a customize location which containing your shortcuts or your files, etc .. in the 'Change selected locations' panel; when you've done, just press 'OK' to continue.

4) Windows Search does indexing immediately; indexing time depends on your data, just press 'Close' and let Windows Search runs in background.

5) Fire up Windows key, and try a new search.

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See my question, Desktop is amongst indexed locations already. – Borek Feb 21 '11 at 12:54

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