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 can I search my Windows 7 machine for all files with alternate data streams?

I'm interested to see if any files on my system have any ADS (NTFS Alternate Data Stream). At least the build-in file search on Window 7 Starter doesn't seem to have this option. Is there a way with ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Enable Windows Search again in Windows 8

I have the same problem as this one: Re-enabling windows 7 search Except it's Windows 8 and there is no option for "Windows Search" in the list of features. I disabled it when I installed my ...
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Can I search through OneDrive OneNote notebooks with Windows search?

If it's possible, how? I completely navigate Windows with Win + search phrase for applications and files. If I could directly access my OneNote notes with search, it would greatly increase my ...
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How do I exclude certain email folders from being searched in Outlook 2013?

Email searches in Outlook 2013 work as expected. I am trying to refine it by excluding certain folders by default. I was hoping I could uncheck certain folders in Control Panel > Indexing Options > ...
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Increase size of file path pane in windows search?

In normal file explorer, you can resize columns by dragging them around using the little tab marker type things: In windows search, you can't do this for some reason! There are no tab markers to ...
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Hide specific folder from an advanced search in win XP

How to hide a hidden folder from advanced search option in windows XP ? Suppose we have an important folder which is hidden and when the user does an advanced search how to disable or hide that ...
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Windows search for files containing a word near phrase

Is there a way in Windows 7 search to find files containing a word near a phrase similar to Google's AROUND() operator. For example, I would like to find files (word, pdf) containing the word "table" ...
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Microsoft Outlook search for mails with hyperlink

How to search in Microsoft Outlook for all the mails that has hyperlink in its message body.
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Windows search shows all files with searching file extension

I need to search for file wx.h in in directory and all subdirectoryes. I just write filename in search box and press enter. On output I have many files with extension .h. Why? I was not asking for ...
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folder only search with Windows Search in Windows Server 2008

I am trying to find all the sub-folders called 2013 in in a network directory using the Explorer Search box in Windows Explorer on Server 2008. I have tried options like kinde:folders foldername:2012 ...
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Why can't Windows find a file that's obviously there?

Take a look at this picture. There is a file that's obviously there Now, say I tried to find FileZilla or File, or Zilla As you see from the same screen shot the file is obviously not there. So ...
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Delay to search Windows 7 Start Menu

I have a Windows 7 desktop with multiple hard drives. My main drive is an SSD while the secondary drives are standard HDD. After not using the computer for >15 minutes I will: 1. Tap the space bar ...
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Win+F search doesn't work after Start Menu option change

In the "Customize Start Menu" in Windows 7, when I choose "don't search" under "Search other files and libraries" I would not expect this to affect anything but the start menu... but after this ...
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...