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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how can I do a Windows file search by file owner

I want to find a particular Excel file created by a past employee. All I know for sure is the file format (Excel 1997-2003) and the file owner's name. How can I search for this file on a Windows ...
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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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.exe files not indexed with Windows Search

I have several standalone applications in my "My Documents" folder such as "procexp.exe", "putty.exe", etc. I noticed that Windows Search does not index them even though "exe" is a file type that ...
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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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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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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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How to search only for folders in Vista

In Vista file explorer, how can I use the search to find only directories matching my input? The find is quite useful and convenient, but I cannot find a way to restrict the result list to directory ...
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Windows 7 search doesn’t find text strings [duplicate]

Updated: 2014-10-05 I stopped using Windows 7 indexed search since I've discovered Archivarius 3000. If you want truly accurate indexed content search, I suggest you to try Archivarius 3000. ...
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Changing default sort order in Windows 7 desktop search

If I do a search (usually, I'm looking for an email), the results are presented in date-modified order by default I can do Sort By / More... and select Date Received, then Sort By and select Date ...
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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 ...
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Searching files for different format

Now i am using windows "Search result" for file search operation. It is working fine. I want to search some different format. EX: file name : FileTest1.xml, FileTest2.xml, FileTest3.xml... contains ...
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Windows indexing service: how do I make it so network shares can be searched?

I have a bunch of folders on a network share with thousands of files in them (application logfiles). I would like to be able to search these by filename quickly and eventually programmatically ...
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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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How can I use *.* in the Windows 7 search filter?

Why in the world can I not . in Windows 7 search? All I want to do is return all the files in all the sub-directories in one location so I can sort by dimensions. Any one know how to return all files ...
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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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Why can I not see LocalLow and Local when I type in %AppData% into the Windows 7 Start Button Search, and how can I fix this issue?

I typed %AppData% into the search box in Windows 7 that I get when when I click the Start Button. For some reason, all I see is the Roaming folder, ever thought I have confirmed that LocalLow and ...
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Search for folders with x amount of files in Windows 7?

I would like to search for folders with a certain number of files, but currently I cannot figure out the syntax on how to achieve this. I have searched the Windows Search site, but have only found ...
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Search for all windows folders containing a single file (as opposed to 2+ files)?

Kind of an odd parameter, but it would be useful if I could run a search that returned only folders that contain a single file. Folders with 2 or more files don't get returned. Can this be done in ...
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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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How to open a directory in Windows 8 using Win+f?

When I'd like to open a file called duck.txt, I use the following combination of keys. win+f,d,u,enter How can I apply the technique to open a directory? Suppose there's a directory called ducks. ...
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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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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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Search in windows control panel lose focus after typing one character

When I open windows' control panel, click the search bar and start typing, it always lose focus after typing in one character. If I click it again to regain focus, the problem wouldn't happen again. ...
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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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How to search only the filename for a substring in Windows?

Following on from this question, I'd like to know whether Windows Search also shares the same shortcomings, or whether it is possible using Advanced Query Syntax to search for a substring in the ...
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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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How to search for folders only 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 options I can access now, is 'Date Modified' and 'Size'. Any ...
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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 7: Search indexing is stuck

When I open Indexing Options, it says: 4,317 items indexed Indexing in progress. Search results might not be complete during this time. It's stuck at 4,317 though; no more items have been ...
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How to see originating folders for search results with Windows Search 4 in Outlook 2010?

With Window Search nicely integrated into Outlook 2010, I can search for a phrase and get a list of search results. But how do I display the source folder for each item in the results list? Surely ...
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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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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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Is it just me or does Windows 7 index-based searching still not work as well as Agent Ransack?

It really seems that this is the case....am I wrong? Or an I not understanding something about Windows 7 search and just don't know how to properly use it? And as far as I can tell Agent Ransack ...
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Quickly filter file types or folders in Windows 7

I would like to quickly "filter" certain file types or folders using Windows 7 search. In previous Windows versions it was easy to select a folder and do a quick search for all "*.csv" files for ...
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Where are iFilters stored in Windows?

Windows uses iFilters for extended file search capabilities. How can I verify that a certain iFilter is installed on the computer? Is there some centralized storage location where these filters are ...
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Search behavior of Windows 7 start menu

I'm coming to Windows 7 from Windows XP, and there are aspects of the start menu search that I like. However, there are some behaviors that seem either inconsistent or surprising to me. For ...
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Windows 7 start menu search programs and files is broken for everything except folders

One of the really nice things in Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) is the way that the search box works on the start menu: that is, open the start menu, type stuff until you get what you need, ...
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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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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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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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Windows File Search doesn't work on TrueCrypt protected volumes

I have found a problem with Windows Search and my TrueCrypt volumes. My laptop is encrypted with BitLocker for system partition, and TrueCrypt 7.1a for the rest of hard drives, in order to share some ...
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Can windows search indexer prevent file from deleting?

I know that when windows processes open files for reading, they lock them. How does Windows indexer do that? Can it prevent the file from being deleted in addition to slowing everything down? Can my ...
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Index a low-cost NAS on Windows 7

Has anyone found a way to index the files stored on a Networked Attached Storage on Windows 7 so that the files can be available in Windows Search and Libraries? I am referring to the cheap and ...
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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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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 ...