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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Make win+f open a different program?

I have a different search program that I want win+f to open in windows 7, how to I make it open a different program other than the default windows search?
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How can I index mapped network drive on windows server 2008/2012?

I am trying to index a mapped network drive on windows server 2008. I have already enabled windows search service. I saw this link Is there a way to get Windows 7 to index shared network drives? ...
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Most efficient way to search a computer

Just a while ago, I was doing a search of my whole computer which took days. When I started indexing files using the inbuilt software,my write speed drop a lot. Is there any way to index files ...
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Windows 8 “Copy As Path” from search

In Windows Explorer, I like to use the "Copy As Path" feature, which is as follows: Right-click on a file while holding down the Shift key, and choose "Copy As Path" from the context menu. This ...
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Windows 8.1 Search does not automatically select first search match

When I search in Windows 8/8.1 (start menu->start typing), it doesn't automatically highlight the search term. For example, if I'm trying to open the "Internet Options" panel and type the entire ...
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Auto focus on control panel's search box

I am not sure if this applies to Windows in general or just Windows 7. On my old Windows 7 computer, whenever I would open the Control Panel the search box would be in focus. On my new Windows 7 ...
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Windows 8.1 Search and Keyboard Navigation

When I press windows key, start typing, then end typing, I observe 2 waves of search results: one is instant, another one comes in about 0.5 seconds. I start typing, see my result on the 2-nd place, ...
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Searching for digital certificate on hard drive and reusing it

Years ago I had to use a digital certificate for access to some web based application at college. It was provided by the "laboratory" where we used it. Presently it so happened that I will need to use ...
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Disable (file metadata) indexing

When I apply the non-indexing to my folder and subfolders, remove some child folders and recover them from the Recycle Bin, the SearchProtocolHost in conjustction with SearchIndexer.exe start ...
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Why is “Windows Update” not selected when I enter “Windows Update” in Win8.1's Search?

When I start typing on the Windows 8.1 home screen (or when entering Win+S anywhere), the Windows Search appears, which I often use as a program launcher. I simply enter the first few characters of ...
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Windows 8.1 Search selection highlighting not working properly

I have a rather peculiar issue after doing a fresh win8.1 reinstall on my vaio sa3 notebook. Basically whats bothering me that if I use the windows search, i.e. +typing or +S, you expect the current ...
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Windows XP bug, or Virus? Text moves from “All or part of file name” field to the “A word or phrase in the file” field

This would be too big a bug to not be on Google, one would think. Repeatable problem. (click) Start -> (click) Search -> (click) Pictures, Music, or Video -> (check) Pictures and Photos -> (type ...
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Repeatable Windows XP bug - Windows search - inside of image files, rather than for file names (Trojan/virus??)

Repeatable XP error. (click) Start -> (click) Search -> (click) Pictures, Music, or Video -> (check) Pictures and Photos -> (type text: testing) All or part of the file name -> (click) Use advanced ...
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Hide “index not running” warning when Windows Search service disabled

How to hide the annoying bar appearing in explorer: Your searches might be slow because the index is not running. Click to turn on the index... after having the Windows Search service disabled? The ...
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Windows 7 is not indexing a network drive [duplicate]

I have mapped the drive in Win7, but it's not doing index by default. Is there a way for this work done? I don't want the solution as make available offline to index since I don't have much hard disk ...
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Reset Windows (8) Indexing Options

I changed my indexing options yesterday but it seems like I messed something up. I wanted to include a directory (where I store my music - about 5800 files) and I saw some directories there which I ...
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Search wireless profiles windows 7

My windows 7 recently stopped allowing me to search through my wireless profiles in the manage wireless network screen. How do i restore this function? I have around 400 different profiles and going ...
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Search beyond first level of sub folders on Windows and/or Mac?

Is there a way to expand the search past the first level of sub folder? If I have sub folders a few levels deep, how can I expand my search to documents in these folders? If I have the following ...
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Windows File Search doesn't work on TrueCrypt protected volumes

I have found a problem with Windows Search and my TrueCrypt volumes. My laptop is encrypted with BitLocker for system partition, and TrueCrypt 7.1a for the rest of hard drives, in order to share some ...
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Windows Explorer Search for Files and Hardlinks

This should be classified as MS Windows weirdness. I have a "file A" in a "folder A". In "folder B", I created a hardlink called "file Ah". It is clearly visible inside of "folder B". No problems so ...
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When trying to search in Windows 7 Start Menu, no related program is found

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. Whenever I click on the "Start" button and then in the search box type anything such as "calc", "notepad", "mstsc", etc., no related program found and nothing is launched ...
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Understanding Win 8's Search Function

I was looking for my resume under the MOUNDS of folders I have in my file system but couldn't locate it. I knew the file containted the word "resume" so I cracked into the robustness of the Win 8 ...
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How do I open properties box for individual services from command line or link?

services.msc lists services. Can I open the properties box for them individually, without starting services.msc? I would like a GUI control for windows search, but do not wish to keep the ...
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Changing default sort order in Windows 7 desktop search

If I do a search (usually, I'm looking for an email), the results are presented in date-modified order by default I can do Sort By / More... and select Date Received, then Sort By and select Date ...
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How to open a directory in Windows 8 using Win+f?

When I'd like to open a file called duck.txt, I use the following combination of keys. win+f,d,u,enter How can I apply the technique to open a directory? Suppose there's a directory called ducks. ...
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windows 8 - strange behaviour when searching for an unpinned app

Using Windows 8, if regedit is pinned to the start screen, I can press the Windows key and type r-e-g-e-d-i-t. regedit appears from the first keypress and the other entries gradually disappear with ...
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What would cause files to be excluded from Windows Search Indexer unexpectedly?

I have a series of folders (lesson1, lesson2, etc.), and each one contains an "fla" (Flash) file for the lesson. In the parent directory, I typed "*.fla" into the search box to list all the fla files ...
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when performing search on home directory it returns partial result

When I perform search on a phrase in my home directory, it only returns partial result. For example, if I search for the word "student" which has about 100 entries in the directory, it always returns ...
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How Windows Search determines what results to show?

What is the precise behavior of Windows Search? Is it searching for only files it considers documents? Or only in some directories, no matter what root directory was specified by the user? Example: ...
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SearchIndexer.exe faulting on Windows 8

I've had Windows 8 running on my laptop since it went RTM, but since about 2 or 3 days ago I haven't been able to use my Windows Media Network Sharing Service to watch movies on my Xbox. I finally ...
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Does Windows 7 only index the first x characters of a file and can I change x?

I recently ran into an issue where a legacy SQL script which is required to be run to enable support for a component of our application was overwriting a more recent version of a particular stored ...
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Windows Search Limits Queries to 255 Chars. Any Way to Override This?

I run Windows 8 and have run into an issue... As you know, Windows features a "fuzzy" search, which is great for finding multiple files... However, I often have to search for multiple files using a ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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Windows Search Indexer keeps taking the focus

I am trying to watch a video with MPC and then Windows Search Indexer keeps taking the focus.. how do I prevent it from doing that? running Windows 7 with x64