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 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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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 to easily use Windows 7 search advanced options?

Is there an alternative to trying to remember all the advanced search options? Like an actual GUI as we had for windows XP? As powerful as Windows Search apparently is, I cannot possibly remember all ...
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Retrieving a Windows Directory Index

So I have a desktop with Windows 7 and I also have an external hard drive (1Tb). The usual thing happened: I accidentally dropped the drive and the data on the drive isn't backed up anywhere. The ...
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How can I change the priority of a Windows service process?

I would like to run the Windows Desktop Search indexer at below normal priority. When I try to set this via task manager, I get 'Access is denied'. Is there a way to remove whatever restrictions are ...
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Windows search, you should know that .flv files are videos

Windows Search does not appear to recognize flash video files as being video. I frequently use Windows search to filter files in a folder. Occasionally I want to look for newly download video files ...
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How to add tags to files in Windows 7 so that they appear in search results

In Windows 7, I want to add tags to my files (PDF, Word, Images etc) so that they appear directly in the search results, regardless of their content, title etc. This link shows how to search by tag, ...
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Unable to resize Windows 7 Search box in Windows Explorer [closed]

I have the same problem as what's listed here: http://www.sevenforums.com/44531-post1.html I can't modify the size of the search box in Windows Explorer. It's way too big. The double arrows appear, ...
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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 7 change between desktop search providers

I'm using Google desktop search on windows 7 but wanted to swap back to windows search (as it will allow the searching of mm files - mind maps). I've stopped the desktop service and started 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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Windows search indexes no items

For a while, using the windows explorer search to find files by their file name has been returning no items, even when I know there is a match. I looked into it and it appears that the index contains ...
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Find missing image on drive without knowing the name or extension

I have an image that I know somehow got renamed and does not have a normal image extension (i.e. it's definitely not .jpg .gif .png, etc) but rather some random non-image temp extension. Is there a ...
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Windows 7's start menu's search “see more results” is broken

After searching in my start menu and clicking to "see more results", I got an error dialog: It "seems" that it should be search-ms:query=document an not search:query=document but where can I fix ...
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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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Windows 7 Search: Treat “.url” files as “Programs”

Is there a way to configure Windows 7 search (on the Start menu -- the "Search Programs and Files" field) to treat files of type ".url" as "Programs"? The reason I ask -- I want to be able to enter ...
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Search Skype history using Windows search?

Is there some addon for Windows Search to search inside of Skype text chat history? I have found a solution for Google Desktop Search, but none for the Windows search so far.
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Seach only no extention files on windows 7

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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Block/Remove “Web”/Bing Search from Windows 10

TLDR: 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 ...
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Windows 7 search stopped finding programs

My search function under the start menu has stopped finding programs and exes which although not disasterous is a bit annoying. Doing the following right click task bar -> properties -> start menu ...
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Windows 7 search context how to leave it?

When I do search and click result and it is a folder I am still in search context. I see in location "> search results in [some folder] > [folder I have clicked]". How to make it that when I click ...
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How to scan and annotate documents and receipts so metadata is searchable and embeddeded in document?

I'm getting tired of living in the modern age and still having a messy filing cabinet full of paper. I have a nice cheap scanner and want to scan receipts, warrenties, and so forth. To make it ...
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Why is Spotlight faster than Windows 7 Search? [closed]

I'm just curious about why Spotlight on a MacBook is so fast to get results compared to Windows 7 Search? Are there any fundamental differences between them?
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How to find “local users and groups” from the search bar?

I'm using Windows 7 professional. I would like to have the "local users and groups" snap-in icon show up, when I search for search terms like "users" or "groups" or even "local users and groups". ...
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How to disable Windows Search in Windows explorer

Someone installed Windows Search on my computer and I hate it. I refuse to spend time setting up the indexer. I just want it gone! How can I remove it and its indexer from my computer, or at least ...
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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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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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Can I exclude Outlook results from the Start Menu search in Windows 7?

When I use the search from the Start Menu in Windows 7, results/mail from Outlook shows up. How can I disable this? I only want to disable showing the mails when I search from the Start Menu - I ...
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Can I configure windows search service only for Outlook, but NOT SearchIndexer?

Outlook 2010 seem to rely it's search features on windows search, in windows 7. I want to disable SearchIndexer.exe from indexing my hard drives, permamently. However I wish to keep the search ...
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Is there a way to access recent files in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a windows 8 equivalent of ‘Recent Items’/‘My Recent Documents’? Is there a way to access recent files in Windows 8? It's one of the most-used/needed features ...
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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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Why should I type the full name with extension in start menu? [closed]

In Windows' start menu when I type services it doesn't show any results, but when I type services.msc it shows results. What is the reason? For regedit.exe I can leave the suffix off. Why does ...
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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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How can I see the available Windows Search Filters?

I've often wondered how to use Windows Search Filters. The available documentation is extremely limited, but its potential uses are quite large. When I type something, the only search filters I see ...
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Mysteriously appearing search results

I am bothered by the following fact: When I go to open the PowerShell ISE, I search for in home screen. For some reason, it does not show up until I finish typing the whole name (powershell_ise) and ...
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Can't disable Windows search

I'm trying to shut down Windows search, i.e. disable indexing. I tried to change it to manual or disabled, but after I restarted the service it is still switched on. I have an SSD, so I don't want it ...
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Find documents including `(+++)` in their file-name using windows search

I have a folder with a bunch of subfolders. Some of the sub-folders have (+++) in their file-name. I want to find just those folders. Using name:"(+++)" or name:"+++" as a search term just returns ...
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Re-enabling windows 7 search

So I disabled the search service by accident, the basic shell integrated one which can be accessed from Win+F. How can I re-enable this?
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“I'm Feeling Lucky”-style behavior in Windows 8.1 search?

Is it possible to make Windows 8.1 automatically select the most relevant search result, so that I could just press Enter to execute it? Right now, I have to press down-arrow each time to select it, ...
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Move Folders Containing Certain File

I'm trying to sort out a bunch of folders in Windows 7. I have a bunch of folders and some contain a file index.txt and some don't. What I want to do is move the folders that do have index.txt into a ...
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Index Network Location in Windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to make the default Windows search to index and search files in network too. Is there any way or tool from which I can do it?
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How can I get Agent Ransack to return one line above and below match?

I want to see the matches in context of the lines above and below the match.
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Problem with my eyes? In Windows 7, search everything finds half of everything

As far as I can remember I've had problems with Windows' Search and I had become used to using old-style dir /s to find my things. However, today was particularly weird on a freshly installed windows ...
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Can you start Windows Search Service in Index Snoozing mode?

I am using Windows Search on Windows XP, I would like it to start-up in "Index Snoozing" mode. Is there an argument I can pass to the WindowsSearch service to enable that option?
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Searching inside XML files from Windows Explorer

I have a Windows XP SP2 system where the Windows Explorer search is not able to find text in XML files. Is there some setting that enables searching in XML files? Search does find my text in .txt and ...
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Outlook 2007 OST File Indexing and OneNote 2007 Indexing are Broken

I'm running Outlook 2007 under Windows 7 Home Premium RTM. My OST file was previously being properly indexed but eventually searches significantly slowed down so I suspected a problem. Searching and ...
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Windows XP search for files which have specfic name length

I want to look for all .txt files in a folder, which their filename starts with r and is 4 character length or lower (<=4) What's the query? (in Windows XP)
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How do you search for a file in all previous versions of a folder?

So far in my searches (one two) I've been unable to find an answer to this. Let's say I had a file somefile.abc, in folder c:\xyz, but have deleted it at some point in the past. I have Windows 7's ...
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Highlight first result in Windows 7 search?

Is there any way to have the Windows 7 start search bar highlight the first result found so I can just hit Enter on the result rather than have to use the down arrow 2 times? Currently, when I search ...
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Find all folders with specific files in them?

This is on Windows-7. I need to find all folders with specific files in them and list them preferably in Explorer. Is it at all possible, I seem to have hard time figuring this. This probably can be ...