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When I search for files under Libraries or any of its subdirectories, no results are returned. Here is a screenshot demonstrating the problem: Screenshot of search for * in Libraries

Here is a screenshot showing the current search settings in Folder Options: Search tab in Folder Options showing my settings

Here is a screenshot showing my indexing settings values: Screenshot of indexing options

Here are some things I have already tried:

  • There are files present.
  • Windows Search service is running.
  • The search query is OK.
  • Searching in other places still works.
  • Searching in the folders that are mapped to the library folders (such as C:\Users\username\Documents) still works.
  • The built-in Find and fix problems with Windows Search tool did not find any problems.
  • I've tried enabling Always search file names and contents.

How can I get Windows Search to work correctly for Libraries?

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I don't get any results for * (star) on it's own. What if you try *.pdf or *.txt or *.doc? – Guy Thomas Dec 31 '12 at 10:45
Apparently searching in all folders of a Library should work, but it's failing for me as well in Win7. – Karan Dec 31 '12 at 22:44
@GuyThomas, '*' works fine for me in other locations. I've tried other valid queries such as the ones you suggested, but it still doesn't work. – Sam Jan 3 '13 at 10:26
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I no longer experience this problem in Windows 8.1 now that libraries have now been moved under This PC. Since it's a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, I think upgrading is an acceptable solution.

Search results in Documents showing files

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