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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Search inside of folder shortcuts

I have a folder with 100+ shortcuts to other folders all over my computer. I need to search inside each of these folders, but i have not found a way. Another user asked the same question: Search ...
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Windows 10 search doesn't find links or portable apps

I am new to Windows 10 and did a fresh install of the pro version. I disabled Cortana because I didn't want all my personal information going to Microsoft. But now, Windows search will not find ...
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My SearchIndexer.exe crashes everyday

Everyday, my Reliability Monitor on Windows 7 x64 reports at least one SearchIndexer.exe crash. Here is the log. Description Faulting Application Path: C:\Windows\System32\SearchIndexer.exe ...
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How can I get useful information from the Search Indexer perfomance counters?

I've been trying to figure out a way to get information on the indexing progress programmatically (how many files to go or "indexing complete"). I stumbled upon the class ...
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Windows 10 Search Unable to Search for Files Independently

When searching for files on my Windows 10 desktop by typing while in start (or opening search / Cortana), no files appear. On other computers (e.g. my Surface Pro 3) files appear under the "Documents" ...
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Windows break out of search mode to acquire address

I was working on setting an environment variable in windows. I didn't know where the file was that I wanted to find so I used the search bar in windows. But once I found the file I was unable to copy ...
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I've disabled Cortana, how do I reenable it?

I disabled Cortana a while back by changing the file name in windows apps but now I want to enable it again as I need the search bar to work again and I can't remember what I need to name the file. ...
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How do you perform a search of filenames and contents, WITHOUT using the index in Windows 10?

I need to search for an old file in a large directory. Unfortunately, the index isn't able to locate it, and I only have keywords to search for which may be in the body of the file rather than the ...
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How can I find files with nonempty tags?

I'm in the process of organizing a huge collection of music files. MusicBrainz Picard is a great tool for this, but it sometimes comes up with incorrect results for files that haven't been previously ...
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Windows Metro apps have wrong icon in search UI

When I search for any app in the Windows 10 search, it has the same wrong icon (this is just an example): When having the app open or when looking at it in different places (start menu, taskbar, ...
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Windows 10 settings not opening from Start menu

In my new laptop, the Windows 10 search for settings works, but when I click on one of those results nothing happens. For example, if I search for "touchpad": The item appears, however if I click ...
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Windows 7 search finds files but not folders [duplicate]

I'm using Windows 7 Pro, and when I search for a folder on a portable hard drive, it shows files that match the search term but not folders that I know match it. How can I resolve this?
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How can I sort all the files in a folder by subfolder name, then by name?

I have a folder like this: Main Folder subfolder 1 image 1 image 2 image 3 subfolder 2 image 1 image 2 image 3 (actually, there are many more ...
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Is it possible to search inside PHP files using the Windows search engine (W7)?

I'm using windows 7. I have hundreds of PHP files inside a folder, and I want to find all the files that contains a particular word. I know that the Windows search engine is able to search inside a ...
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Windows 10 search is broken

Since I ever started using windows, my go to method to open pretty much anything is to press the windows key and type whatever I am trying to find/open. However, since last week my windows search just ...
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Windows search dosen't find files, even in indexed location

I use a folder in the root directory of my C drive to store all my files in, rather than using the My Documents set of folders. The problem is that Windows search refuses to find an files in this ...
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Start Menu shortcuts not appearing in search results

Any new shortcuts I add to the start menu fail to show up in the start menu search results. I've tried rebuilding the index to no avail.
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Windows Search index using a lot of cpu

Recently I've noticed that windows search indexer is using about 15% cpu I don't think it's been like this before, only in the last week or so Any ideas what can cause this? Also, I use Everything ...
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How do I disable the background process of Cortana in Windows 10 without hurting Search

I don't mind if Cortana remains available, I'm not looking for uninstall, I just want to permanently disable the background process of it (as an administrator) in a way where Windows Search (start ...
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Finding files with .plt extension using Windows Search

We are using a SBS11 server and multiple Windows 7 clients. On a network drive, which is located at the server we have also *.plt files. Some of them could be found using Windows Search but most of ...
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Need to search for folders only, on the first Level Only

First of all, I would like to ask if there is a possibility to get a more specific explanation as I am not a programmer. Or maybe a software can be recommended (I've downloaded for example https://www....
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How can I search for emails I sent to someone in Outlook?

In Outlook 2010 I often need to search for emails sent to someone from me. According to this Outlook support page, I should use: to:bobby However that only works if I'm searching only in the "Sent ...
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Is it OK that I change the file types that inside Windows 10 search index?

I want to search just some particular file type like docx, pptx, jpg, app name, any extensions other than these, I don't want to search them, and I don't want to see them at all. Is it ok that I ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Custom Icons Not Returned As Search Result

When I add a custom icon to the Start Menu in my Windows 10, I can't get that icon returned as a result from the Start Menu search field. My preferred mode of using windows is to hit the Windows key, ...
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(Windows) Any way to add programs from folders?

I have an SSD where my Windows installation is located. And a HDD where all my programs are located. I have reinstalled Windows on the SSD and now my programs from the HDD cannot be found or ...
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How to make the unsearchable content of certain PDFs searchable

While I can search content via Windows Search on most PDFs, I occasionally come across PDF files with contents that are not searchable; even though they contain regular, selectable/copyable text with ...
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Show hidden files and Sort the result in windows search

I am using Windows search using command. The command is "explorer search-ms:" It has many options like searching file names, extensions, type of files etc. But I want to have these options, ...
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Why does Windows Search “Indexing Options” select the wrong drive if it's cloned?

I cloned a Windows 10 HDD to a Samsung SSD using "Samsung Data Migration Software". I then installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 on the SSD. The SSD is now C: and the HDD is D:. When in Control Panel, ...
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Windows 10 search results appear in wrong language

I just upgraded to Windows 10 from a German Windows 7 installation. I switched my display language to English (United States) and my region to English (United Kingdom). Now whenever I search for some ...
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Start search in Windows 10 is slow compared to Windows 7

Is anyone experiencing the windows start search as slow, or is it just me? Googling for this doesn't result in any similar links. In windows 7, once you start typing you will immediately get partial ...
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Windows Search cannot index A:\ drive

I have a secondary drive on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop. On the secondary drive I have all my Documents and Media. I have pointed all my library locations to the secondary drive. I also attempted to ...
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Searching for favorites in Windows 10

Earlier versions of Windows had intimate knowledge of IE favorites. In particular, the file "search" feature (under the Windows start button) knew about IE favorites and allowed me to search for them. ...
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Is there a way in windows 7 to search for file by time created?

Basically I would like to sort or search for files by time created, with the date as a wildcard. IE search for files made after 6PM, but before 6AM. I know it shows the time in "Date Created," but I ...
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Outlook 2016 Email not Indexing (The protocol handler Mapi16 cannot be loaded)

There are epic threads on the internet of users upgrading to Office 2016 and finding that Outlook 2016 email is no longer indexing. Windows Search logs the following error in Event Viewer: The ...
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How to search for C# source code files in Windows File Explorer?

I'm trying to find some lost C# source code files on an old external drive. I believe the file extension for C# source files is .cs. When I enter in the search file *.cs and begin searching, I find ...
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In Windows 10's Settings app, typing anything into “Find a setting” gives me no results

If I open up the Setting app/program in Windows 10, there is a search bar on the top right with the words "Find a setting" in it. No matter what I type in that box, I get "No results for " and the ...
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Remove windows 7 search entry

I have accidentally misspelled a search query when searching the local HDDs, and now when I search for something else the misspelled suggestion always comes up. How can I get rid of it or completely ...
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Windows 10 search indexing does not find my files

I am having problems getting the search indexing in Windows 10 to work. This have been bugging me for months and I have searched the internet for hours without finding an effective solution. Problem: ...
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Windows is showing two icons for each file in search. Why?

I've made a search in Local Disk to find all my PDF files. When the search concluded, each file has two icons. Screenshot to illustrate the problem: When I click in one of the "pair of files" ...
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Adding standalone apps to Windows 10 search in Start Menu

I have a folder C:/bin that contains executables of a few open source programs that are only distributed in such a way. I like the fact that in Windows 10 I can push the windows key and then start ...
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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. kind:=...
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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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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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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 ...