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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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?Can we add a searchbar in start menu in windows 8.1?

My question is simple. I just wanted to add the windows search bar in start menu. I dont want the two clicks to open the search bar. I just want to see it on one click. Can you please tell me if it is ...
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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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How to access the program “create reset cd” when search function doesn't work

I want to create backup media through a built in program in Windows 8.1. In the instructions it says that I should search for "reset" (or something similar; my OS and instructions are not in English). ...
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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 ...
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Search for duplicates in separate folders

I need to find duplicates (to delete) in two separate directories, and I was wondering if I could create a search function somehow to look for duplicate files. I could find them by copy/pasting one ...
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Cant find computermanegment by searching in Windows 8.1

I realy loved windows 7 but i use now windows 8 and one simple thing drives me nuts. Using windows 7 i was able to to press the windows key and then just type "computermanagement" to find the ...
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Search in titles of audio files

I've many audio files which I want to search in "Name" and "Title" and "Album" tags. windows search bar searches the file names but is there any way to search the title and album tags?
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Enable Windows Search again in Windows 8

I have the same problem as this one: Re-enabling windows 7 search Except it's Windows 8 and there is no option for "Windows Search" in the list of features. I disabled it when I installed my ...
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How to search for videos/images by aspect ratio with Windows 7 Explorer Search

I know I can search for files (pictures, videos) having specific dimensions, using width:1920, height:1080. But how do I search for files having, say, 16:9 aspect ratio, in Windows 7?
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How do I exclude certain email folders from being searched in Outlook 2013?

Email searches in Outlook 2013 work as expected. I am trying to refine it by excluding certain folders by default. I was hoping I could uncheck certain folders in Control Panel > Indexing Options > ...
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Increase size of file path pane in windows search?

In normal file explorer, you can resize columns by dragging them around using the little tab marker type things: In windows search, you can't do this for some reason! There are no tab markers to ...
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Hide specific folder from an advanced search in win XP

How to hide a hidden folder from advanced search option in windows XP ? Suppose we have an important folder which is hidden and when the user does an advanced search how to disable or hide that ...