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 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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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 10 Search in apps behaves weird

When I wanted to launch an app in Windows 7 (or Gnome), I pressed the windows key and typed the name of the app, for example, "Firefox", and pressed enter. Now in Windows 10 the Search Windows have ...
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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 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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Way to search & find Files or Folders with no Extension in Windows

How do i search files with no extension? For best effect i would like only <4kb and if i could search inside for the text thewordiwant I also have visual studios but i dont think writing ...
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Windows 10 can't search for apps

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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Block/Remove “Web”/Bing Search from Windows 10

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 and ...
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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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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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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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How to search inside PDFs with Windows Search?

I'd like to use Windows Search for searching through multiple PDFs in one go, but I see that in the Indexing Options' Advanced Options screen, PDF files don't have a registered IFilter: What is an ...
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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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How to search inside files on Windows 7?

In Windows XP we can search for files that contain a defined keyword (inside all files types). Windows 7 can look inside files for a keyword, but only for text files. (*.doc, *.txt, *.inf, ...), not ...
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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, ...
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How can I force Windows 7 to REindex a folder?

I asked Windows 7 to index my entire "Media" folder. After it was done it'd find anything in there, no problem. Then I reorganized it a bit and moved some folders around, and now it doesn't find ...
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Finding a file in a hard drive without knowing name, only contents?

I need to search a hard drive for a file, but I don't know the name of the file. I only know that the file contains a list of email addresses. (I don't know which email addresses are on the file, I ...
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How to search for only folders in Windows 7 instead of folders AND files

I've had some issues with the new search function in Windows 7. The Search in Windows XP was packed with so many more options. The only option I can access now are Date Modified and Size. Any ...
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Find bad shortcut files in windows

I need to be able to find all the shortcut files on a shared network drive and get rid of any bad ones. I would prefer a basic windows search that I can look over manually and choose which ones to ...
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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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Advanced search in windows 7 for only folder names

My folder structure is like this: 70-515\Chapter01\Lesson1-Exercise1-Completed-CS 70-515\Chapter01\Lesson1-Exercise1-Completed-VB I want to search and delete all VB folders(including files inside ...
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Internet Explorer does not show up in Start Search

I have Vista. There was no Internet Explorer (that already looked strange to me). Anyway, I installed IE8 (I cannot use IE9 since I do not have Vista SP2). Now I have IE as a pinned program for ...
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Is there a way to get Windows 7 to index shared network drives?

I was able to do this in Windows XP Search and using something like Copernicus. I don't see any way to do this with Windows 7 (other than making it available offline which means that all that data ...
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Trouble trying to use Windows Search to search for file with a question mark in the content

It seems that Windows Search is having trouble when I specify a question mark character as the content that I'm searching for within my files. I've tried: content:? content:"?" content:"\?" ...
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How to search for files only (excluding directories) in Windows 8

How do I search for files only? I need to display all the files *.* but without directories and subdirectories. Of course I can just type *.* and sort it in a desired way, so it will display all ...
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How to search Internet for an author if the name contains a monogram?

I have problem searching for authors on a lot of websites if the author's name contains monogram. Here's the example: If I try to find every topics on a forum about "H. G. Wells", then I type "H. G. ...
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How to properly turn off Outlook / Windows Search SearchProtocolHost logging?

We've come across an unusual issue with a couple of our user's devices, where the Search Indexer is creating millions of log files, eventually filling up the the HDD and there's no more space left on ...
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Windows Search does not find files by name

I'm facing some really sublime issue with windows search index right now and really hope that someone here has a hint on how to troubleshoot, since I can not find any approaches on how to fix windows ...
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is there a parameter to inhibit IFilter feature on windows 7 search?

This question originates after this one. The two questions are independent even if they share a common problem basis so I'm asking this now hoping somebody can help me with at least one of the two. ...
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How can I change a Windows Search Indexing Options when I get the “you do not have permission to change the settings for this extension” (PDF)?

I have the problem I'm going to describe and hope someone can help me. OK, IMPORTANT INITIAL NOTE: I'm using Windows 7 64bit with SumatraPDF v3 (I uninstalled Adobe Acrobat Reader X) and PDFlib TET ...
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How can I get Agent Ransack to return one line above and below match?

I want to see the matches in context of the lines above and below the match.
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Windows command prompt find specific folder name in sub folders

Say I have a folder tree such as: C:\Users\Test\My Documents C:\Users\Test2 C:\Users\Test3\My Documents What command can I run to search through C:\Users to check which sub folders have a My ...
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How to customise search bar in start menu of Windows 10 Insider Preview?

By default, Windows 10 performs search in my programs, my folders, settings and Web. How I can customise these? I don't want to use Web. It consume my internet traffic, and it is a reason for the ...
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Move Folders Containing Certain File

I'm trying to sort out a bunch of folders in Windows 7. I have a bunch of folders and some contain a file index.txt and some don't. What I want to do is move the folders that do have index.txt into a ...
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How to make pdf comments (in e.g. Foxit reader) searchable in Windows 8.1

I can search the content of the pdf itself but I sometimes save the pdf with small notes. Is there a way that I can make these notes searchable with Foxit or another reader? Thanks
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Windows Search / Indexing service won't start

The service won't start. I've set it to automatic and manually tried starting it. I've verified any dependencies are started. I ran net start "Windows Search" and received the error "Service ...
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How to view full path in search results?

I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7. You get something like this: ...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column ...
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WPS Office - index file contents

I recently started using WPS Office as a lightweight alternative to Microsoft Office. However on my system it appears to not index file contents. For example if I have a spreadsheet with the word ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro, how to limit Win+Q search locations

I use Windows 8.1 Pro on my work and I have my Google Drive and OneDrive accounts linked for a quick access to all my works. On my OneDrive, I also have my personal/family photos. When I make a ...
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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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Windows Search query does not find all indexed offline files

I'm encountering a strange problem with Windows Search and my offline files. I've got a folder on a network share. The folder is made available offline. Among others, it contains these files (there's ...
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windows 7 search results columns “Folder”, “Folder name”, “Folder path” empty

How can I see the folder\file path when searching on a connected device? I have selected to show "Folder", "Folder name", "Folder path" columns but they all appear empty.
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Windows 8.1: search does not provide any results from hard drive even though it is indexed, and the index has finished building?

My Windows 8.1 setup involves an SSD and an NTFS formatted HDD. I have specifically asked Windows to index the HDD: I have given Windows lots of time to rebuild the index (and my computer is ...
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have to keep adding folder to search index

I have an 4 TB external HDD made by Touro, plugged into a USB3 port on a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit PC. It is divided into 2 TB partitions. Every time I search a folder on this drive, I am prompted to add ...
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Windows 8 search can't find folder [duplicate]

How to force the windows SEARCH to FIND ALL FOLDERS, containing "test" part? This is demonstration, how it is not working: 8 folders only 7 folders What is wrong or how to correctly input the ...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...