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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Can I make Windows 7 Start Menu search show items in order of most frequently used?

I work as a web applications developer; during the course of a day I open applications a lot. The search box in the start menu that appeared in Vista & 7 has been a godsend. Hit the start key, ...
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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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Force Windows 8 to search indexed files

When using search files in Windows 8 (win+f) I don't get expected results. For example, I installed VLC, it's in Program Files (86) folder, and that folder is selected for indexing. Search for files (...
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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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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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Windows 10 search results appear in wrong language

I just upgraded to Windows 10 from a German Windows 7 installation. I switched my display language to English (United States) and my region to English (United Kingdom). Now whenever I search for some ...
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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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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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On Windows 7, how can I make the Start Menu search feature include matches from within words, not just the start of the word?

I have a program installed called WinSCP. When I press the Windows key and type "SCP", I get "No items match your search." Is there a configuration option I can set somewhere, so that this item will ...
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Index a low-cost NAS on Windows 7

Has anyone found a way to index the files stored on a Networked Attached Storage on Windows 7 so that the files can be available in Windows Search and Libraries? I am referring to the cheap and ...
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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 don'...
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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 can I get useful information from the Search Indexer perfomance counters?

I've been trying to figure out a way to get information on the indexing progress programmatically (how many files to go or "indexing complete"). I stumbled upon the class ...
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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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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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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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Estimate size of Windows Search index

I have to index a rather large amount of data with Windows Search, so I wanted to have an estimation of index size. I've indexed a subset of data (about 60GB; 13e6 pages of text data each about 4-5KB)....
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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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Is there a way in windows 7 to search for file by time created?

Basically I would like to sort or search for files by time created, with the date as a wildcard. IE search for files made after 6PM, but before 6AM. I know it shows the time in "Date Created," but I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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How to make the unsearchable content of certain PDFs searchable

While I can search content via Windows Search on most PDFs, I occasionally come across PDF files with contents that are not searchable; even though they contain regular, selectable/copyable text with ...
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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 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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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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.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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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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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't see any entries on “File Types” tab on Windows 7's Desktop Search

For some reason, Windows Desktop Search (included with Windows 7.0) now no longer shows any file types on the "Advanced Options" dialog box. Any ideas on how to fix this? WDS claims to be indexing......
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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 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 ...