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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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 ...
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What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
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Windows 7 start menu search programs and files is broken for everything except folders

One of the really nice things in Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) is the way that the search box works on the start menu: that is, open the start menu, type stuff until you get what you need, ...
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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 add multiple file extensions to the search inside feature in WIndows 7?

I know how to add a single file extension to be searched inside, but I'd like to add a bunch of different extensions and avoid the tedious job of adding every single one. Is there a command line tool ...
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Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search) wildcards do not work

At our company we have a big source code repository, and sometimes we need to do searches through all the code. As we need that from time to time we want to do something simple. I've tried Windows ...
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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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Outlook 2007/2010: search query to find all email that one at least one recipient from outside my corporate domain?

I’m trying to find all the emails that I sent to people outside my employer's domain (say xyz.com). I need a search query in Outlook that will find all email in the Sent Items folder that has at ...
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List search results as normal files (instead of hyperlinks)

I have a very strange behavior on my Windows 7 x64 (upgraded from Vista). When I perform a search from a folder, the search results are displayed as hyperlinks. This means they are underlined when 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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Free Tool to search within files (even over a network) [closed]

I need to find some text in a ton of log files that are stored on my network (I don't have them indexed). The files all have a more or less unique extension. (i.e., they look like this: ...
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Why can't I find Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I press the start button, and start typing "Internet Explorer". Nothing matches. If I type iexplore.exe, then it matches on the file. How can I get IE by typeing "Internet Explorer"?
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can I use CMD to search for files in windows?

I want a command to search for a file in a directory and all sub directories in windows, I saw all the Commands but I couldn't find any command to do this issue!
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Search in Windows 7 does not find items by name

I've got a small problem with the Windows 7 search: I want to search my image folders files by name. It's not in the default location under C:\Users, but it was moved properly. I've looked it up in ...
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How can I force Windows 7 to REindex a folder?

I asked Windows 7 to index my entire "Media" folder. After it was done it'd find anything in there, no problem. Then I reorganized it a bit and moved some folders around, and now it doesn't find ...
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Trouble trying to use Windows Search to search for file with a question mark in the content

It seems that Windows Search is having trouble when I specify a question mark character as the content that I'm searching for within my files. I've tried: content:? content:"?" content:"\?" ...
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How to search for files and directories using a single find command

I am using UnxUtils on Windows and it comes with the find tool. I am using it to search for files and directories. If I wish to search for a file name which contains the word 'Identity', I use the ...
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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 ...
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Windows Search Service Fails to Start

My Windows Search service will not run on my Windows Vista PC. When I try to start it, I get the error: Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified. The file ...
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find shared folders with Windows Search in Windows 7

Can I quickly find shared folders with Windows Search in Windows 7? At the same time, I also want to quickly find folders that haven't been shared.
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Windows Search refuses to start

I was working on my tablet the other day, and OneNote 2007 started to complain that it was unable to index my notebooks since the search service was offline. I figured it had crashed or a program had ...
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Command line tool to search phrases in large number of pdf files

I'm using Opensuse 10.3 and like to know command line tools to search phrases in large number of pdf files inside a directory. In Windows XP the Explorer search allows this but is too slow. Is there ...
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How do I search EVERY file name in a certain directory in Windows 7?

How do I search EVERY file name in a certain directory (for example C:\) for a certain character string (for example obscure.dll) in Windows 7? For instance, Start Menu search does not find files in ...
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What does “Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files” do?

I've checked "Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files", but I don't see a way to tell Windows 7 that I'm looking for a system file. What does this option actually do, and ...
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Applications and files no longer showing in Windows 7 search

As of a few days ago the "Search Programs and Files" accessible via the Start button stopped functioning. If I type in a program name or file details I do not get any 'proper' results. What simply ...
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Windows 7 advanced search

I was trying to follow the answer @ http://superuser.com/questions/83594/search-folders-on-windows-7 Unfortunately, those instructions make absolutely no sense. First of all, There is no Start -> ...
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Problem with my eyes? In Windows 7, search everything finds half of everything

As far as I can remember I've had problems with Windows' Search and I had become used to using old-style dir /s to find my things. However, today was particularly weird on a freshly installed windows ...
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Seach only no extention files on windows 7

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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How to change Windows Search shortcut to Ctrl+Ctrl?

Apparently there is a trick to changing the default shortcut for Windows Search. However, I'd like to change it to Ctrl+Ctrl (e.g. pressing Ctrl key twice, like Google Desktop does). Is there a way ...
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In Windows Search, is there a metadata property for permissions or ACL that can be searched on?

Basically, I want to be able to search for folders a specific user or security group has access to using Windows Search, but I'm unsure if there is such a metadata attribute that can be used, e.g. ...