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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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 IN files (even over a network)

I need to find some text in a ton of log files that are stored on my network (I doubt have them indexed). The files all have a more or less unique extension. (Ie 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. ...
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Can you start Windows Search Service in Index Snoozing mode?

I am using Windows Search on Windows XP, I would like it to start-up in "Index Snoozing" mode. Is there an argument I can pass to the WindowsSearch service to enable that option?
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Is it just me or does Windows 7 index-based searching still not work as well as Agent Ransack?

It really seems that this is the case....am I wrong? Or an I not understanding something about Windows 7 search and just don't know how to properly use it? And as far as I can tell Agent Ransack ...
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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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How do I exclude an Outlook folder form Windows Search Index in Windows 7?

I have a pretty big (~30GB) email archive (Outlook + Exchange: .ost file) and I would like to use the Outlook Search Feature (Windows Search technology). I would like to exclude some folders from the ...
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E-Mail wont open from windows 7 search

sometimes an element wont open, of I click on it in the start menu in the search results. This occurs most when searching for emails. I use outlook 2007 on windows 7 x64. If I search in outlook for ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Search is not indexing?

I upgraded my Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Professional. I have configured all the search indexing settings, however search box in the start menu does not bring any result at all in the indexed folders. ...
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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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Is there a normal search in Windows 7?

Which basically mean where I could specify more than just a file name;
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Application that locates redundant files on hdd

Is there an application that locates redundant files on the hard drive? Files that are not crucial for the system to run. I'm running Windows 7.
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Search for files after a relative date using Windows search

I am looking for a way to save a search that includes a relative date. Specifically I am looking for a way to save a search that matches files that have a modification date that is 7 days ago. I ...
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How to search for folders only in Windows 7, instead of folders AND files

I've had some issues with the new search function in Windows 7. The Search in Windows XP was packed with so many more options. The only options I can access now, is 'Date Modified' and 'Size'. Any ...
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Can't install Windows Desktop Search 4.0

On a windows XP system, I try to download and install Windows Desktop Search 4.0 and it fails. The error I get: Windows Search 4.0 could not be installed on this system. For more details, check the ...
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Encrypting search index using EFS

Is there anything wrong with encrypting the search index with EFS while letting the search service index encrypted files? I've encrypted the directory %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search and I've added ...
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How to get Microsoft Search to index common file types like .pdf and .pub

I'm trying to get Windows Search (4.0) to index PDFs and .pub, .doc, etc. files. The files are on an XP Pro PC acting as a file server. But I don't have MS Office, etc. installed (no need, trying to ...
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Windows Vista not indexing files

I'm using Windows Vista's search index service to quickly launch programs by typing Super + name of program. However I'm having a hard time trying to understand why certain files won't appear. I ...
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Windows 7: Search indexing is stuck

When I open Indexing Options, it says: 4,317 items indexed Indexing in progress. Search results might not be complete during this time. It's stuck at 4,317 though; no more items have been ...
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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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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 ...