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I have several standalone applications in my "My Documents" folder such as "procexp.exe", "putty.exe", etc.

I noticed that Windows Search does not index them even though "exe" is a file type that should be indexed (file properties filter) according to the advanced options of Windows Search.

The "exe" files show up when I consult the full "Search results" after entering my query and clicking "See more results" in the Start menu.

How can I make them show up in the start menu search result listing? What can I do to solve my problem?

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I'm looking for the exact same thing - I have SysInternals tools in a folder and I don't want to create a shortcut for every single one, nor put them on the path. The index is clearly working right because doing a search in Explorer finds them. But they just don't show up in the Start Menu search. This used to work in the RC, so is this perhaps an issue with Windows 7 RTM? –  scobi Dec 21 '09 at 0:24

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It should do and whilst I have other problems with indexing on my machine, it does return .exe results.

Try going in to options and rebuilding your database.

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If you'll consider using a better search engine, the Everything search engine might be suitable.
The only requirement is that your disk must be formatted in ntfs. It's quite nice to have your answers display in real time per each character while you're still typing the file name.

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Perhaps what you really want is to add My Documents to PATH in your system environmental variable. This allows you to just do a Windows+R and type in procexp or putty to run those programs.

I like that you can find programs using Windows Search, but if you already know the name of the program, it is faster to just run it from the Run prompt.

This is for Windows 7:

  • Control Panel > System
  • Advanced system settings
  • Go to Advanced tab and select Environment Variables
  • In System variables, scroll down to path
  • Click Edit
  • Add your My Documents path, such as c:\users\me\documents
  • Make sure to use a semicolon separator
  • Click OK

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