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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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 7 search does not return results from indexed folders

I am experiencing this issue over and over again and I just cannot seem to find the answer. It doesn't make sense, but search simply does not return results from folders that certainly have these ...
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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 ...
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What would cause files to be excluded from Windows Search Indexer unexpectedly?

I have a series of folders (lesson1, lesson2, etc.), and each one contains an "fla" (Flash) file for the lesson. In the parent directory, I typed "*.fla" into the search box to list all the fla files ...
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How can I run Windows 8 search on Windows 10?

I have the "can't open the start menu" bug, and while researching it I tried a tip that Windows 8 search is still available somewhere in the control panel. It worked, but I forgot how to access it. ...
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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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Why can't I find Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I press the start button, and start typing "Internet Explorer". Nothing matches. If I type iexplore.exe, then it matches on the file. How can I get IE by typeing "Internet Explorer"?
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Windows 10 Search in apps behaves weird [duplicate]

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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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 [duplicate]

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 ...