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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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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Searching network drive without indexing - win xp

I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
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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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How can I add my Firefox and Chrome history to Windows Search

How can I add my browsing history to Windows Search (in Windows 7)? Internet Explorer History is included by default, but I use Firefox or Chrome. EDIT: If there's no way to do this yet, it ...
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Bug?: Windows Explorer search file extension aware

Can someone explain why I cannot find files with certain file extensions? The repro steps are below. Create Folder. Create TXT file with the following text. <root /> Use Windows Explorer to ...
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Windows desktop search fails to search inside .SQL files

I've set the index options for the .SQL extension to use "Plain Text filter" with "Index Properties and File Contents" selected, and ensure that the directories containing the SQL files are in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.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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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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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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How do I get Explorer to default to Folder Path instead of Folder when I search?

Whenever I run a search in Explorer on Windows 7, the first thing I do is remove the Folder column and then add the Folder Path column. Is there a way to save this configuration so that this becomes ...
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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 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 any way to search within OneNote 2007 attachments

I'm starting to use OneNote (2007) more. One thing I'd like to do is take notes on papers I have read. That is, I attach, say, a PDF file, and then type in some notes about it. Sometimes I do other ...
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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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What does Windows indexing do?

What does Windows Indexing do? I run Windows XP SP3 Home at my place and was wondering what is special in Windows 7 and what does it do? I know it helps searching but how?
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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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Windows server 2012 R2 and search by file content

I cant find any .txt, .php, .cs, .html, etc using the folder searchbar by content in Windows server 2012 R2. I cant find File Service Role. I cant find the windows search service in Services. I have ...
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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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Windows 7 start menu: restore the search input field

The start menu on my Windows 7 Pro does not show the search input field (for, e.g., searching programs). How can I restore it?
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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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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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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 ...