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 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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can I change the order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu?

Is it possible to change the sort order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu? I'd like to either have them completely unsorted by the type of result they are or have files appear before ...
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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. kind:=...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 prevent search bar in start menu of Windows 10 to search the web?

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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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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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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Why does Windows 7 repeatedly re-index my system?

Windows uses an index to perform fast searches through the Windows Explorer interface. On my Windows 7 system, I want to be able to search using the interface in the upper-right hand corner of the ...
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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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Disable / Turn Off Windows 7 Search Prompt / Warning Banner About Indexing

Whenever a search is performed in Windows 7 on a folder that is not indexed, Windows throws up a banner at the top of the Explorer window (below the address bar) blabbing about Indexing and asking you ...
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Windows 10 Cortana won't search my applications

as you can see from the images below, cortana search is somewhat broken and won't search my applications instead keep suggesting store apps and telling me to search the web. I've started the windows ...
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Windows Search - how to index desktop shortcuts

How do I configure Windows Search to index shortcuts on my desktop that are not in the Start menu? C:\users\myusername\Desktop is amongst indexed locations.
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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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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 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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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 ...