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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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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Search doesn't work for Windows 7 offline folder

Ever since the My Documents folder was setup for offline use on my new laptop I can no longer use the search box in explorer, neither when I am online nor offline. My admin says this is normal. I ...
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Windows 7 Search Network Path

Is there any way to index a UNC / Network Path with Windows 7 without making that path "Always Available offline"? With Windows XP there was Windows Desktop Search that allowed to index a UNC Path ...
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How to disable grouping search results by size in Windows Explorer?

How can I disable this stupid grouping of search results in Windows 7? It drives me crazy. I really like Windows 7 but setting this as default is naerly idiotic. But having no obvious way to change 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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Search for all windows folders containing a single file (as opposed to 2+ files)?

Kind of an odd parameter, but it would be useful if I could run a search that returned only folders that contain a single file. Folders with 2 or more files don't get returned. Can this be done in ...
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Advanced search in windows 7 for only folder names

My folder structure is like this: 70-515\Chapter01\Lesson1-Exercise1-Completed-CS 70-515\Chapter01\Lesson1-Exercise1-Completed-VB I want to search and delete all VB folders(including files inside ...
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Escaping open paren in agent ransack does not work

I'm trying to search for the text "names(" (without quotes) in a folder of code. I've tried "names(" but that returns no results where they should be results. Not sure how to deal with this.
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Windows Search - List Indexed Locations by Number of Items?

Beyond looking them up manually, is there any way to get the number of files in each folder that Windows search is indexing? I've noticed that the searching in Windows 7 is a tad slower that I would ...
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How do I search all indexed locations in Windows 7?

I have a dual-boot system with two copies of windows and six harddrives with one partition each. How do I perform a search in all indexed locations across disks without touching any non-indexed ...
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Windows 7 Search By Filename

I'm getting better at understanding the Windows7 search, but am still not happy with it. Is there a way to search for all filenames that end with a certain extension? If I search on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Can I change the order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu?

Is it possible to change the sort order of the search results in the Windows 7 start menu? I'd like to either have them completely unsorted by the type of result they are or have files appear before ...
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DiskInternal's Linux Reader Search

A 2TB external hard drive having multiple reiserfs, ext2/3 and similar linux file systems on it. In need for a quick search from within windows xp I found Linux Reader from DiskInternals. It ...
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Opening messages from windows search opens Outlook instead of Thunderbird

I'm using TB as my primary client, but still have Outlook installed. Mailto links etc opens TB, but when opening a message indexed by windows search, it opens Outlook instead. I've changed associated ...
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Windows Search Companion Results For Zip Files

Does anyone know if Windows Search Companion can show the filesystem path and/or actual filename of the zip file that contains the found result row? If the zip file C:\TEMP\Instance.zip contains a ...
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Windows 7 Search automatically searching federated search

I have a a federated search that searches SharePoint. When I press the windows and begin typing I want it to search my machine and the federated search. Is this possible?
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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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Search for folders with x amount of files in Windows 7?

I would like to search for folders with a certain number of files, but currently I cannot figure out the syntax on how to achieve this. I have searched the Windows Search site, but have only found ...
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How to back up Windows 7's “Indexing Options” settings?

I'd like to back up (and be able to restore upon Windows 7 reinstall) all my heavily-customised Indexing Options settings. e.g. I have VERY customised list of file types that I have ticked in the ...
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How to see originating folders for search results with Windows Search 4 in Outlook 2010?

With Window Search nicely integrated into Outlook 2010, I can search for a phrase and get a list of search results. But how do I display the source folder for each item in the results list? Surely ...
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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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How to find video files with a certain framewidth

I have the following problem: a large collection of video files of all sorts of formats with very different framewidths and frameheights on several hard drives. I want to search for all video files ...
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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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Tool/code/extension for tagging files

There are a lot of articles on how you can tag files in Windows 7, such as: http://lifehacker.com/#!232891/tag-files-and-save-searches-in-windows-vista Furthermore there are some tools like ...
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Search in Windows 7 (not English version) is returning more than one occurence for “the same file”

As a superuser, I created a superproblem in my computer :) I like to see all hidden files to detect viruses and to learn more about the OS. So I show all hidden and system files. Once upon a time I ...
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How to Remove Last Folder showing first in surch result paths with Windows 7

This is driving my boss crazy. He and I are using virtually identical machines running Windows 7 64-bit and mine does not do it. Is this a setting or some kind of bug or...? Screenshot: The "inc" ...
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Windows XP classic search functionality in Windows 7?

There's a critical regression between the way Windows XP and Windows 7 perform filename searches. In XP, the default is that the entire filename would be searched as a string using using a ...
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Should this folder called Data be indexed?

In the indexing options of Windows 7 there is a folder called Data which is excluded from indexing for the C:\ drive by default. Can someone confirm this, please? I was not able to locate that ...
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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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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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is there anyway in windows to find recently changed files in a folder but exclude a sub folder

i have a folder: C:\myfolder and i want to find all files in this folder (and subfolders) that have changed in the past week. i also want to ignore the folder: C:\myfolder\test\test21 in this ...
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Windows Search - how to index desktop shortcuts

How do I configure Windows Search to index shortcuts on my desktop that are not in the Start menu? C:\users\myusername\Desktop is amongst indexed locations.
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Can I do a “one-time” file content search in Windows Server 2008 without adding the folder to the index?

Can I search for files which contain a specific string in a folder if that folder is not in the search index? So, lets say folder 'textFiles' is not in the index. I navigate to this folder in Windows ...
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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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Windows 7 Search in Start Menu

At my home, I cannot search for program in the Start Menu, neither search for services.msc or regedit in the Start Menu Search Bar. Every time I have No item match your search. When I go to the ...
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Windows 7 search results can't be moved (cut option in pop-up menu disabled) - why? and how to enable it? (Was in XP!)

I want to move a selection of files from a Windows 7 search to another folder but the right-click pop-up menu option for cut is disabled, why? Only copy is possible and I don't wish to make more than ...
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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 XP “Windows Search” does not find all documents with FileName but Search Companion does

I'm using Windows XP Pro with Windows Search 4.0. If I search for filename postage I get once result from my local S:\ drive (which is being Indexed) (result is : postage.doc) If I search using ...
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Exclude directories from Windows Search by wildcard

Search Indexing is interfering with our build process, and I would like to exclude all instances of our dev directories from the indexer (we have a trunk and branches setup). I could exclude the whole ...
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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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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 7 Slow Searching [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speed up Windows 7 search? I have a new Windows 7 machine with twice as much RAM and a faster processor than my old Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine. I am ...
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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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Restore Windows Search with Google Desktop Search installed

I have a win7 laptop with Google Desktop installed. I like to use BOTH windows search AND google desktop for their differing results due to my nack of losing files. However, Google Desktop has ...
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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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I cannot change the order of result columns in Windows Desktop Search 4.0 under Windows XP

I cannot change the order of result columns in Windows Desktop Search 4.0 under Windows XP. When I searched the web for how to do it, I found comments that under Windows Vista you could right-click ...