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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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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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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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" ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 Search Index options doesn't display file types

I'm running Windows 7 x64. I was looking to add PDF indexing to Windows search and found that when I look at Control Panel, Indexing Options, Advanced, File Types - the file types listing is empty. ...
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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 ...