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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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 ...
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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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Cortana add custom search words Windows 10

Is there a way to add custom search words for applications on Windows 10. Sometimes I don't get the results i am expecting. This may seem illogical, but sometimes I just want to uninstall a program, I ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...