Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
1k views

Windows 8: Search entire computer?

I am running Windows 8. I would like to search the entire harddrive for a file named cookies.sqlite. I am searching for files which belong to a missing Firefox profile. If I open the Charms Bar, ...
1
vote
2answers
65 views

How can I search all of my computers from one computer?

Is there any way to search through the files of multiple computers from one computer? I want to find a way to search all of my files, which are on three different computers, from one computer. I have ...
1
vote
1answer
259 views

Window 8 Search Can't Find Files in Libraries

When I search for files under Libraries or any of its subdirectories, no results are returned. Here is a screenshot demonstrating the problem: Here is a screenshot showing the current search ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

where is indexes stored in NTFS when enable it?

When we enable indexing in NTFS Partition, where is saved? How many bits were used? MSDN says: Several new NTFS5 features rely on a fundamental NTFS feature called attribute indexing. For ...
4
votes
2answers
274 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
422 views

Searching for files in Windows Server 2003 matching one of multiple words

I need to search through a disk with lots of files for any documents (PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, etc.) that have a file name matching one or more of a couple hundred of words. The built-in search tool is ...
1
vote
2answers
424 views

How to search only the filename for a substring in Windows?

Following on from this question, I'd like to know whether Windows Search also shares the same shortcomings, or whether it is possible using Advanced Query Syntax to search for a substring in the ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Windows 8 Modern UI searching in files doesn't work

I have a problem with my search in Windows 8. When I search through the Modern UI style (WinF) for files, it won't return a single result from none of my drives. Searching via Windows Explorer works ...
1
vote
2answers
836 views

Is it possible to make Windows 8 searches more advanced? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use wildcards in Windows 8 search? I know that I can easily search for a document -- provided I can remember what I named it or a non-common word it contains -- by ...
2
votes
3answers
365 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
353 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
240 views

Add an app to the Windows 8 app menu

If you go to start, then search in Windows 8, you see a list of applications (both desktop and Metro). Many of the (desktop) applications I have running on my PC are not listed here however, because ...
0
votes
1answer
96 views

How can I search my Windows 7 machine for all files with alternate data streams?

I'm interested to see if any files on my system have any ADS (NTFS Alternate Data Stream). At least the build-in file search on Window 7 Starter doesn't seem to have this option. Is there a way with ...
5
votes
1answer
198 views

Is it possible to remove an app's results from Modern UI search on the start screen?

How can I remove all search items (for example emails) from a particular pre-installed Modern UI app when searching by typing on the start screen?
0
votes
0answers
240 views

Searching inside files in Windows 7

Yes, I've read other similar questions and no, none of the answers work for me, so I ask again: How do I search for a string inside ALL files in Windows 7 with indexing turned OFF? Is it possible? ...
10
votes
4answers
19k views

Windows 7 Index Search does not work in Google Drive folder

I recently installed Google Drive on my Windows 7 laptop and began syncing all my files a few days ago. All was well until I needed to search for some documents in my local copy of Google Drive using ...
1
vote
1answer
360 views

Windows Search Indexing SSD

I just bought a new SSD (Vertex4 from OCZ, 256G) and installed Windows 8 with it on my laptop. I am not using an external hard drive to keep extra data (paging, temp files etc) because I am using a ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
124 views

Search Any Folder or File in windows 7

I want to search user created file or Folder in windows7.. I have downloaded GOOGLE DESKTOP to search my files.. but it only searches Installed files included in ProgramFiles and Control Panel.. but i ...
0
votes
1answer
6k views

Outlook 2007: instant search not working

I have tried so many things to try to fix this problem with no results. The machine is running Windows XP SP3 with Microsoft Office 2007 Standard. What is happening is that the instant search not ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
120 views

Index not running in Windows Ultimate 64 bit

I have tried all the suggestions to get the index started, but none work for me, in desperation, I have even done a Repair Re-Install, even that hasn't done the trick. When I search, I get the yellow ...
3
votes
1answer
320 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
2
votes
2answers
109 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Why can't I find/search some files in Windows 8?

Why can't I find, via a search, some files in Windows 8? I've checked and unchecked all the usual boxes like shown below. and but it still wont find it. I'm looking for the file "idapi32.cfg" ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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". ...
1
vote
1answer
170 views

Debugging iFilter plug-in (PDF indexing)

I have the official Adobe x64 iFilter PDF plug-in and the FoxIt Software iFilter PDF plug-in installed, and neither one seems to be allowing me to index the contents of PDF files. So far, I've: ...
2
votes
1answer
760 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
220 views

Is there a way to search the web and my own hard drive at the same time?

I have lots of PDFs and other documents on my hard drive, many of which aren't online anywhere. If I know something is online, I can use Google. If I know something is on my drive, I can use ...
0
votes
2answers
73 views

How do I find a phone number in the body of an email using Windows Search?

I am pretty sure that I have an email with somebody's phone number in it, I'll call him Bob. But all I know is the person's name. I have lots of email that includes their name so I'd like to use ...
32
votes
1answer
2k views

Is there a way to show all Windows 8 Modern UI search results on one page?

There are three search tabs: Apps, Settings, Files. I currently have to mouse click or navigate down to reach Settings and Files, as Apps is searched by default. Is there a way to get all search ...
16
votes
7answers
13k views

How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Going directly to result page in Windows

Consider following scenario: You use windows search to find XYZ inside PDF,DOCX or DjVu files of a folder. Windows return some result. You open first file of result and again use adobe reader find to ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

How to skip archives internals in Windows search (by string in a filename)?

Using (Microsoft) Windows Search (Chtrl+F), I am trying to find a file by a string in filename. Oops, it seems never-ending process because it is perusing all archives (zip, et al) internals. While I ...
0
votes
1answer
962 views

Advanced file and folder search for Windows 7

Is there a way to add advanced options when doing a search on Windows 7? for example how to exclude certain folder, or exclude certain file types. Any software that could help with this sort of ...
2
votes
1answer
291 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
883 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

How to make the “~~” in Windows 7 search default

From experimental data, I try to put in some "metadata" directly into the filename (for various compatibility reasons), one such example is: ...
2
votes
1answer
119 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

Recycle bin in Windows start menu search

Is there some way to add a Recycle Bin entry to the Windows start menu's search? Click for full size Note I'm asking for something that will come up at the top when a part of Recycle Bin is typed, ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Windows 7 Search Part of Filename

I'm trying to search for all files that contain the word "box". I get results for files that start with box, such as "box01", "boxcar" etc. But I do not get files that end with or contain the search ...
4
votes
1answer
94 views

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 ...
17
votes
4answers
15k views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
6k views

Windows indexing service: how do I make it so network shares can be searched?

I have a bunch of folders on a network share with thousands of files in them (application logfiles). I would like to be able to search these by filename quickly and eventually programmatically ...
1
vote
2answers
415 views

Windows search of file content

I found out that I have to activate the search or file content in the Window7 search settings. Now, the content in .html files or Docs is found, but not in my code files (for example the stuff in ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

how can I do a Windows file search by file owner

I want to find a particular Excel file created by a past employee. All I know for sure is the file format (Excel 1997-2003) and the file owner's name. How can I search for this file on a Windows ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...