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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to make folders appear in search results?

When I use the file search ( + F) in Windows 8.1, and use a name of a folder which is indexed, all the files in that folder appear. However, in Windows 7, the start menu search also included the ...
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Windows 8.1 search not finding programs or control panel

My problem is similar (although not identical, i.e. the solution is not the same) to the problem addressed here. In short, neither Control panels (i.e. Update, NVIDIA, Display) or Programs (in the C:\...
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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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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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Windowssearch.exe and shared folder

I apologize for my poor english. I would like to launch a search from the cmdline on a remote network drive indexed. If I manually insert the path,the search is successful. Something like: ...
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How do I open properties box for individual services from command line or link?

services.msc lists services. Can I open the properties box for them individually, without starting services.msc? I would like a GUI control for windows search, but do not wish to keep the servcis....
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Windows Search Companion Results For Zip Files

Does anyone know if Windows Search Companion can show the filesystem path and/or actual filename of the zip file that contains the found result row? If the zip file C:\TEMP\Instance.zip contains a ...
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Tool/code/extension for tagging files

There are a lot of articles on how you can tag files in Windows 7, such as: http://lifehacker.com/#!232891/tag-files-and-save-searches-in-windows-vista Furthermore there are some tools like LunarFrog,...
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List search results as normal files (instead of hyperlinks)

I have a very strange behavior on my Windows 7 x64 (upgraded from Vista). When I perform a search from a folder, the search results are displayed as hyperlinks. This means they are underlined when I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...