Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

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Windows Explorer AQS: Search for songs less than a specific amount of seconds

I am trying to use Windows Explorer's Advanced Query Syntax to search for song files in a folder that are less than 10 seconds long. I tried the following statement, but it returns everything. ...
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Windows 10 - search not working

Windows 10 Pro x64... I have two users in ,y compnay with the same problem. If they click the search icon in the bottom (task bar), the nothing happens - no window popping up. If the click the ...
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Search/Indexing in windows 10 broken [duplicate]

I recently tried moving the location of windows's Index files from my C (SSD) drive to another regular drive with more space... I went to the Advanced Options under Indexing Options and put the 'new' ...
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Windows 7 Search Parameters For Searching File Contents [duplicate]

Is it possible to search the contents of files from the Windows 8/7 explorer search? Without the search timing out? There are no parameters when you click "file contents" at "Search again in" at the ...
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Search for parts of file name in File Explorer on Windows 10

In earlier versions of Windows it was possible to search for parts of the filename by typing e.g. filename:~="car" in the search box. It worked for file names where car was not following a space like ...
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Windows search override [closed]

I know there are many alternatives to windows search. But are there any that can be used by using the search bar in the Start menu? I can't justify using alternative software if it's less accessible ...
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How do I get Windows Desktop Search (in Windows 7) to index my Exchange mailbox after installing Outlook 2016?

When I search something into the Windows 7 search box and choose "See more results" as usual a list of found emails and files appears. I can open other file types by double-clicking, but there is no ...
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How to add a file to “search windows” results?

I have a shortcut with the name "specialViewer.lnk" (fictitious name) to a certain program In windows 7, I was used to open the windows menu (AKA start menu) and type "specialV". That lnk file ...
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What are recommended characters and guidelines to name files stored in Google Drive to achieve maximum power when searching by filename? [closed]

I use Google Drive to store files and sync it to a local folder in Windows 7 using Google Drive App. I have to set up a naming convention for thousands of files. The objective is that between Windows ...
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“No results for …” in Settings app

In the Settings app, there are no results when I type in a search term. However, when I type in a search term in the Start Menu, I do get some results, but when I click on anything that opens the ...
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Windows 10 Search Can't Run System Options

I have a weird problem after upgrading from windows 8.1 to windows 10. Windows [can] find apps to run. I realised this is quite a problem for many. Windows [can] find system control panel stuff ...
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Broken search results in Windows search

I have the latest updated version of Windows 10 and the problem has started just today.Every time I search for anything it simply returns the Search results as search ain't ready yet.Please try again ...
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Windows 10 search is not working properly

I have various issues with windows search. This is a week old clean install of windows 10. The related service is running OK. If I type paint then there is no result. (worked on win7/8). I have to ...
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Search using space character between name and extension

I have many duplicate files with one of them having a space added to the end of the name, such as "FileName.dll" and "FileName .dll". Can Windows 8.1 Search for just those files with the space added? ...
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Quickly access recently opened files in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 it was as easy as typing in the Start menu ("Search programs" input) the name of a recently opened file. This funcionality seems absent in Windows 10. I've checked that "Show recently ...
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windows 7 search: multiple condition “find folders of this size that does not contain this and that”

Windows 7 search allows to find specific files type and exclude some using some operators (such as AND OR NOT) but how to add multiple search condition on these following example? Ex 1: this query ...
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Search into folder shortcuts?

In Windows Explorer, I've created a folder that contains a list of shortcuts to other folders. For example: Is there any way to search for files and content in just those folders? I was hoping to ...
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Indexing and Searching External Hard Drives When They Are Disconnected [duplicate]

I have a few external hard drives that I use to store various files and media. I would like to be able to index these drives and have that index be searchable even when the drives aren't plugged in; ...
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How do I do a search from Windows Explorer for numbers in filename?

I am on Windows 10 and I am trying to do a search on a directory in Windows Explorer. So I go up to the search box in the upper right and type in 959 to try to pull up any file in the folder with the ...
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windows 10 search does not show batch files

I recently upgraded to windows 10 enterprise edition. I have some batch files in my documents folder with extension "cmd". These batch files are not showing up in the search results. These show up if ...
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Windows 10 file association, does not hold from search menu

I am facing a weird problem, I am using foobar (latest as of now, 1.3.8) to play mp3's in Windows 10, foobar is set as the default app for music, as is the '.mp3' extension, when I open an mp3 file ...
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How to change the search path for the search app in Windows 8.1

How to change the search path for the search app in Windows 8.1. Currently, the quick search(search without opening the fullscreen result window) will be show shortcuts in start menu.
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How can I stop files hidden using `attrib +h +s somedir` from showing in searches?

I use Windows 10 and I've hidden a folder using attrib +h +s C:\MyUser\HiddenDir\ which contains some files like MySecretDocument.docx. I have Folder Options set to Show hidden files & folders so ...
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Remove Microsoft Edge from Windows Search Results

I have been trying to remove references to Edge from my start menu in Windows 10, since it can't be uninstalled, however I can't work out how to remove it from the search results in the 'Search ...
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How to disable windows search while typing inside a folder

It's pretty simple but I can't find a solution. When you're inside a folder and you start to type, you want to search a folder or a file name from the inside of the currently folder. I don't know ...
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Windows Explorer file search returns blank items

When searching for files on a network drive through Windows Explorer sometimes the results come back with empty blank spaces (as shown by the yellow arrows in the screenshot below) strewn throughout ...
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What counts as “changed file” for Windows Search?

We have lots of PDFs that we want to run OCR on them, and we want these files to be re-indexed by Windows Search (I know about the PDF iFilter that needs to be installed for this) So, what causes ...
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Windows 10 search not working for Control Panel entries

My Windows 10 search can find the control panel, but not the entries inside it when searching from the start menu, e.g. "Sound", "System", "Mouse" and so on. It only works as a two step process of ...
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How to re-enable Cortana/Search after having turned it off?

I've turned off both search and search online buttons, but now the search isn't working at all (can't even type in), is there a way to reset that (useful) functionality?
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Default windows search paths incorrect after drive clone

I cloned my system drive to an SSD and left the original drive present on the system. The SSD is now C: and the old drive is now E:. I then cleared all system files from E: and only left the data that ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu search not working for new apps

After installing Windows 10, while typing in the Start menu, I was able to search for some basic programs and system elements like Control Panel. After some initial setup and installing some ...
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Right clicking matched results in windows 10 search yields no options

When I search for and find something (e.g. a song) in the start menu of windows 10, then when I right click it, there is only one single option (Open destination). I want the option to choose which ...
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How can I run Windows 8 search on Windows 10?

I have the "can't open the start menu" bug, and while researching it I tried a tip that Windows 8 search is still available somewhere in the control panel. It worked, but I forgot how to access it. ...
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Windows 10 search: can't open Control Panel items

I've upgraded to Windows 10 Pro and have a strange issue with Windows Search: whenever a search result is a Control Panel item (e.g. "Administrative Tools", "Mouse", "Sound" etc.; and I'm talking ...
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Windows Search and Indexing refusing to turn on in Windows 8

Whenever Windows 8 installs the most recent update, the Windows Search service turns off and is unable to turn on. The couple times this happened before, I used System Restore and the problem went ...
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Windows 10 not updating search index at times

Recently I began testing Windows 10 on several computers that I and others work on and something that has been a problem is the search index, something that seemed to work fine in Windows 7 and ...
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Windows 10 Cortana won't search my applications

as you can see from the images below, cortana search is somewhat broken and won't search my applications instead keep suggesting store apps and telling me to search the web. I've started the windows ...
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Upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, Window Search service no longer starts

I recently upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. The biggest issue I have now is that the Windows Search service no longer works, making the Start menu mostly unusable. If I go to Indexing Options in the ...
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How do I locate a file / folder which is too long and bars me from uploading to OneDrive

I have a file/folder which is preventing me from uploading to OneDrive. I did not generate this file/folder and after 3 complete searches of my PC I cannot locate the file/folder. However, according ...
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Windows 7 search function does not work

So, my windows search does not work. Not in the start menu, folders, or the F3 search function. I did some digging online. I tried rebuilding the index, restarting the service. People was ...
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In windows 10 Search on Start menu doesn't list manually pinned executables, bug or user error?

If for example I pin the eclipse.exe to the start menu (the tiled section)(using context menu feature), and then search for it on the start menu (by typing the name) windows doesn't list that in the ...
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Windows 10 can't search for apps [duplicate]

On a fresh install of windows 10 (final build), my "search windows" is broken.. It won't find any of my apps when I search. E.g. "sublime" for sublime text, "internet" for IE, nothing. WHen I click ...
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Windows 10 Settings not indexed

In Windows 10, when I search from the Start Menu or Settings, only Control Panel results appear, but not the new Windows 10 settings. For example, if I type "update", the search results are "Update ...
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How can I make Windows 10 search my settings/control panel items?

Last night I fiddled around with some settings, and now Windows 10 refuses to search my settings. If I search "Settings" it returns a result, if I search Notepad and Chrome - it works fine. But if I ...
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windows 10 search not working when blocking port 443

So, I was playing with the idea of enforcing a stronger firewall policy by blocking everything by default and only allowing network access for selected applications trough exemption rules. I figured ...
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Can I change the search engine used by Start Search in Windows 10?

While Cortana is not available in my region, I can see the integrated web searchs in Windows 10's start search being super useful if they weren't Bing results. I'd really like to be able to change ...
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Move Second Search Result to First in Windows 10

I just updated my Windows to 10 and found that when I search for a software the previous top hit is now on second place. So I have to navigate to select it. The current top is a related software that ...
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In Win10 is there a way to have the windows key open search?

After the whole Win8 mess I got into the habit of opening things pressing the windows key and typing. It also works the same on my Ubuntu laptop. But now I've upgraded to Win10 pressing windows opens ...
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Windows 10 does not search for Help files (CHM)

There was a feature in Windows 8 I liked very much: possibility to find a help file using the system search. I mean the search that is invoked when you press the Win key and start typing the thing you ...
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Change Default Search to True Contains Search

In the new start menu of Windows 10, I'm not very fond of the default search behaviour. It seems to do a contains-starts-with or maybe I should say a word-starts-with search. If I search for studi, ...