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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Can I search through OneDrive OneNote notebooks with Windows search?

If it's possible, how? I completely navigate Windows with Win + search phrase for applications and files. If I could directly access my OneNote notes with search, it would greatly increase my ...
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How to search for videos/images by aspect ratio with Windows 7 Explorer Search

I know I can search for files (pictures, videos) having specific dimensions, using width:1920, height:1080. But how do I search for files having, say, 16:9 aspect ratio, in Windows 7?
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How do I exclude certain email folders from being searched in Outlook 2013?

Email searches in Outlook 2013 work as expected. I am trying to refine it by excluding certain folders by default. I was hoping I could uncheck certain folders in Control Panel > Indexing Options > ...
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Increase size of file path pane in windows search?

In normal file explorer, you can resize columns by dragging them around using the little tab marker type things: In windows search, you can't do this for some reason! There are no tab markers to ...
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Hide specific folder from an advanced search in win XP

How to hide a hidden folder from advanced search option in windows XP ? Suppose we have an important folder which is hidden and when the user does an advanced search how to disable or hide that ...
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Block/Remove “Web”/Bing Search from Windows 10

TLDR: Is there a way to keep Windows 10 searches local and stop Bing results/searches? Windows 8 has "Search Settings" => "Use Bing to Search Online". Windows 10 has Bing Cra...er... results included ...
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Windows search for files containing a word near phrase

Is there a way in Windows 7 search to find files containing a word near a phrase similar to Google's AROUND() operator. For example, I would like to find files (word, pdf) containing the word "table" ...
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Microsoft Outlook search for mails with hyperlink

How to search in Microsoft Outlook for all the mails that has hyperlink in its message body.
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Windows search shows all files with searching file extension

I need to search for file wx.h in in directory and all subdirectoryes. I just write filename in search box and press enter. On output I have many files with extension .h. Why? I was not asking for ...
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Instant Search not working on IMAP folders Outlook 2013

I have 3 IMAP accounts and two POP accounts set up in Outlook 2013. Instant Search works perfectly on the POP accounts and Search works on all accounts but in the IMAP mailboxes when I type something ...
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Windows search using file version field

I need to find file name.dll which has version number 1.1.1 in Windows 8. Is it possible to make search according fields FIle version and Product version?
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How to find files that came from another computer

In a file's properties dialog you know that message This file came from another computer and may be blocked... I want a Windows 7 search query to find files that came from other computers, and files ...
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folder only search with Windows Search in Windows Server 2008

I am trying to find all the sub-folders called 2013 in in a network directory using the Explorer Search box in Windows Explorer on Server 2008. I have tried options like kinde:folders foldername:2012 ...
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Why can't Windows find a file that's obviously there?

Take a look at this picture. There is a file that's obviously there Now, say I tried to find FileZilla or File, or Zilla As you see from the same screen shot the file is obviously not there. So ...
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Delay to search Windows 7 Start Menu

I have a Windows 7 desktop with multiple hard drives. My main drive is an SSD while the secondary drives are standard HDD. After not using the computer for >15 minutes I will: 1. Tap the space bar ...
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Win+F search doesn't work after Start Menu option change

In the "Customize Start Menu" in Windows 7, when I choose "don't search" under "Search other files and libraries" I would not expect this to affect anything but the start menu... but after this ...
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Remove Metro results from Settings search

Is there a way to remove Metro settings (a.k.a. PC Settings) results from Settings search in Charms? Or at least, is there a way to move these results to the bottom? I know I'm not completely crazy ...
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Search-and-go in Windows CMD

I know that for file search on Windows CMD one can use the following command: dir /S /P "PATH/FILENAME" Is there an easy way to go straight to the result directory. For example, the requested file ...
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Why does Windows 8 application search no longer match substrings?

When I first installed Windows 8, I could start an app by hitting the Windows key once to bring up the Start screen, and then typing a substring of the app's name. At some point since then, the ...
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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Make win+f open a different program?

I have a different search program that I want win+f to open in windows 7, how to I make it open a different program other than the default windows search?
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How can I index mapped network drive on windows server 2008/2012?

I am trying to index a mapped network drive on windows server 2008. I have already enabled windows search service. I saw this link Is there a way to get Windows 7 to index shared network drives? ...
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Most efficient way to search a computer

Just a while ago, I was doing a search of my whole computer which took days. When I started indexing files using the inbuilt software,my write speed drop a lot. Is there any way to index files ...
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Windows 8 “Copy As Path” from search

In Windows Explorer, I like to use the "Copy As Path" feature, which is as follows: Right-click on a file while holding down the Shift key, and choose "Copy As Path" from the context menu. This ...
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How can I make it so that the start menu always creates new instances of programs?

I love the "WinKey + type "note" + enter" workflow of starting programs like notepad. However, I have a huge annoyance that I can't get over and has annoyed me since day 1. When I already have an ...
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Find directories with file match 1 but not file match 2

I feel like I should have been able to find this with simple googling/searching here but haven't managed so... Basically the same as this question of at AU but for Windows. I want to find directories ...
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Windows 8.1 Search does not automatically select first search match

When I search in Windows 8/8.1 (start menu->start typing), it doesn't automatically highlight the search term. For example, if I'm trying to open the "Internet Options" panel and type the entire ...
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Auto focus on control panel's search box

I am not sure if this applies to Windows in general or just Windows 7. On my old Windows 7 computer, whenever I would open the Control Panel the search box would be in focus. On my new Windows 7 ...
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Equivalent of Windows Search Deskbar Shortcuts in Windows 7

On my previous Windows XP laptop, I made extensive use of the "Windows Search Deskbar" and specifically the shortcuts you could define in an ini file. Essentially, you could associate a ...
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Windows 8.1 Search and Keyboard Navigation

When I press windows key, start typing, then end typing, I observe 2 waves of search results: one is instant, another one comes in about 0.5 seconds. I start typing, see my result on the 2-nd place, ...
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windows explorer file search not working [duplicate]

When I search for files in windows explorer, it does not find any files ("No items match your search.") event though I can see the files in the directory. For example, searching for "*.h" finds ...
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Searching for digital certificate on hard drive and reusing it

Years ago I had to use a digital certificate for access to some web based application at college. It was provided by the "laboratory" where we used it. Presently it so happened that I will need to use ...
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Search just the apps in Windows 8.1

Is there a way to search just the applications installed in Windows 8.1? In Windows 8 I could do this but the 8.1 search is much wider scoped. I can do things like press Win+W to search settings but ...
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How do you export Windows 7 AQS search to file? [duplicate]

My question is identical to this question that has already been asked back in 2011, but that does not have any answers: Export Windows 7 Advanced Search Results to Text File I'm hoping that someone ...
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Windows Explorer Advanced Search

I have a question on windows advanced search, I am running Windows 8.1 pro. I want to exclude a particular file type from showing up in the search results and I tried following these instructions but ...
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How to search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? [duplicate]

How can I search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? Semicolon does not work:
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Disable (file metadata) indexing

When I apply the non-indexing to my folder and subfolders, remove some child folders and recover them from the Recycle Bin, the SearchProtocolHost in conjustction with SearchIndexer.exe start ...
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Why is “Windows Update” not selected when I enter “Windows Update” in Win8.1's Search?

When I start typing on the Windows 8.1 home screen (or when entering Win+S anywhere), the Windows Search appears, which I often use as a program launcher. I simply enter the first few characters of ...
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Given a list of filenames, how can you iterate through subdirectories and return a list of where those files exist?

I have discovered an old playlist that I'd really like to listen to. Unfortunately, it's one that was created for a USB stick that had music copied out of my collection into a flat folder. What I ...
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Why should I type the full name with extension in start menu? [closed]

In Windows' start menu when I type services it doesn't show any results, but when I type services.msc it shows results. What is the reason? For regedit.exe I can leave the suffix off. Why does ...
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Windows server 2012 R2 and search by file content

I cant find any .txt, .php, .cs, .html, etc using the folder searchbar by content in Windows server 2012 R2. I cant find File Service Role. I cant find the windows search service in Services. I have ...
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Windows 8.1 Search selection highlighting not working properly

I have a rather peculiar issue after doing a fresh win8.1 reinstall on my vaio sa3 notebook. Basically whats bothering me that if I use the windows search, i.e. +typing or +S, you expect the current ...
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Windows XP bug, or Virus? Text moves from “All or part of file name” field to the “A word or phrase in the file” field

This would be too big a bug to not be on Google, one would think. Repeatable problem. (click) Start -> (click) Search -> (click) Pictures, Music, or Video -> (check) Pictures and Photos -> (type ...
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When searching in the start menu, show more than 3 matching programs

I usually search in there for programs, and files elsewhere, so for example, if I want to update windows, I'll type in update, but it only comes up with apple, desura and java, so I need to click the ...
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Repeatable Windows XP bug - Windows search - inside of image files, rather than for file names (Trojan/virus??)

Repeatable XP error. (click) Start -> (click) Search -> (click) Pictures, Music, or Video -> (check) Pictures and Photos -> (type text: testing) All or part of the file name -> (click) Use advanced ...
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Hide “index not running” warning when Windows Search service disabled

How to hide the annoying bar appearing in explorer: Your searches might be slow because the index is not running. Click to turn on the index... after having the Windows Search service disabled? The ...
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Search for all pictures except in x directory

I am searching for "Camera:T2i" to find all of the pictures on my hard drive from my DSLR. Is there a way to exclude a certain directory (the one that I am moving them all to). That folder is very ...
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Windows search function failed to find my file

I have a file named "Form_MS" on my hard disk somewhere in drive D. When I search for it, windows fails to find it. I even copy-pasted its name in case I'm typing it wrongly. Which files and folders ...
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How to enable Windows Search through the registry?

Enable Windows Features dialog is disabled on our VMs but I need to turn on Windows Search - is it possible to do so via the registry?
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How to index a hard drive on Windows 7?

I want to index my 2 partitions made on my Windows 7 machine for better search performance. I did however, when I was prompted to index, not do so at the time. Any other way to do this? Note: I ...