Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
28 views

How can I sort all the files in a folder by subfolder name, then by name?

I have a folder like this: Main Folder subfolder 1 image 1 image 2 image 3 subfolder 2 image 1 image 2 image 3 (actually, there are many more ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How to find video files with a certain framewidth

I have the following problem: a large collection of video files of all sorts of formats with very different framewidths and frameheights on several hard drives. I want to search for all video files ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

Windows Search index using a lot of cpu

Recently I've noticed that windows search indexer is using about 15% cpu I don't think it's been like this before, only in the last week or so Any ideas what can cause this? Also, I use Everything ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Is it possible to search inside PHP files using the Windows search engine (W7)?

I'm using windows 7. I have hundreds of PHP files inside a folder, and I want to find all the files that contains a particular word. I know that the Windows search engine is able to search inside a ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Windows 10 search is broken

Since I ever started using windows, my go to method to open pretty much anything is to press the windows key and type whatever I am trying to find/open. However, since last week my windows search just ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Searching for favorites in Windows 10

Earlier versions of Windows had intimate knowledge of IE favorites. In particular, the file "search" feature (under the Windows start button) knew about IE favorites and allowed me to search for them. ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

Windows search dosen't find files, even in indexed location

I use a folder in the root directory of my C drive to store all my files in, rather than using the My Documents set of folders. The problem is that Windows search refuses to find an files in this ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Start Menu shortcuts not appearing in search results

Any new shortcuts I add to the start menu fail to show up in the start menu search results. I've tried rebuilding the index to no avail.
36
votes
5answers
49k views

How to search for only folders 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 option I can access now are Date Modified and Size. Any ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

Windows 10 search indexing does not find my files

I am having problems getting the search indexing in Windows 10 to work. This have been bugging me for months and I have searched the internet for hours without finding an effective solution. Problem: ...
0
votes
2answers
559 views

Outlook 2016 Email not Indexing (The protocol handler Mapi16 cannot be loaded)

There are epic threads on the internet of users upgrading to Office 2016 and finding that Outlook 2016 email is no longer indexing. Windows Search logs the following error in Event Viewer: The ...
48
votes
5answers
214k views

Correct way to disable indexing in Windows 7

What's the best way to disable indexing in Windows 7? All of the articles that I've found online instruct me to access services.msc and disable the Windows Search service. However, even after I did ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

How do I disable the background process of Cortana in Windows 10 without hurting Search

I don't mind if Cortana remains available, I'm not looking for uninstall, I just want to permanently disable the background process of it (as an administrator) in a way where Windows Search (start ...
7
votes
5answers
5k views

Windows 10 Settings not indexed

In Windows 10, when I search from the Start Menu or Settings, only Control Panel results appear, but not the new Windows 10 settings. For example, if I type "update", the search results are "Update ...
3
votes
5answers
4k views

How can I make Windows 10 search my settings/control panel items?

Last night I fiddled around with some settings, and now Windows 10 refuses to search my settings. If I search "Settings" it returns a result, if I search Notepad and Chrome - it works fine. But if I ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Need to search for folders only, on the first Level Only

First of all, I would like to ask if there is a possibility to get a more specific explanation as I am not a programmer. Or maybe a software can be recommended (I've downloaded for example ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Finding files with .plt extension using Windows Search

We are using a SBS11 server and multiple Windows 7 clients. On a network drive, which is located at the server we have also *.plt files. Some of them could be found using Windows Search but most of ...
1
vote
0answers
558 views

Windows 10 search: can't open Control Panel items

I've upgraded to Windows 10 Pro and have a strange issue with Windows Search: whenever a search result is a Control Panel item (e.g. "Administrative Tools", "Mouse", "Sound" etc.; and I'm talking ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

How can I search for emails I sent to someone in Outlook?

In Outlook 2010 I often need to search for emails sent to someone from me. According to this Outlook support page, I should use: to:bobby However that only works if I'm searching only in the "Sent ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

Is it OK that I change the file types that inside Windows 10 search index?

I want to search just some particular file type like docx, pptx, jpg, app name, any extensions other than these, I don't want to search them, and I don't want to see them at all. Is it ok that I ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Windows 10 Start Menu Custom Icons Not Returned As Search Result

When I add a custom icon to the Start Menu in my Windows 10, I can't get that icon returned as a result from the Start Menu search field. My preferred mode of using windows is to hit the Windows key, ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

(Windows) Any way to add programs from folders?

I have an SSD where my Windows installation is located. And a HDD where all my programs are located. I have reinstalled Windows on the SSD and now my programs from the HDD cannot be found or ...
3
votes
1answer
50 views

How to make the unsearchable content of certain PDFs searchable

While I can search content via Windows Search on most PDFs, I occasionally come across PDF files with contents that are not searchable; even though they contain regular, selectable/copyable text with ...
-1
votes
1answer
30 views

Show hidden files and Sort the result in windows search

I am using Windows search using command. The command is "explorer search-ms:" It has many options like searching file names, extensions, type of files etc. But I want to have these options, ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

Why does Windows Search “Indexing Options” select the wrong drive if it's cloned?

I cloned a Windows 10 HDD to a Samsung SSD using "Samsung Data Migration Software". I then installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 on the SSD. The SSD is now C: and the HDD is D:. When in Control Panel, ...
4
votes
1answer
49 views

Is there a way in windows 7 to search for file by time created?

Basically I would like to sort or search for files by time created, with the date as a wildcard. IE search for files made after 6PM, but before 6AM. I know it shows the time in "Date Created," but I ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
110 views

Windows 10 search results appear in wrong language

I just upgraded to Windows 10 from a German Windows 7 installation. I switched my display language to English (United States) and my region to English (United Kingdom). Now whenever I search for some ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

Start search in Windows 10 is slow compared to Windows 7

Is anyone experiencing the windows start search as slow, or is it just me? Googling for this doesn't result in any similar links. In windows 7, once you start typing you will immediately get partial ...
3
votes
2answers
27 views

Windows Search cannot index A:\ drive

I have a secondary drive on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop. On the secondary drive I have all my Documents and Media. I have pointed all my library locations to the secondary drive. I also attempted to ...
0
votes
2answers
424 views

How to make pdf comments (in e.g. Foxit reader) searchable in Windows 8.1

I can search the content of the pdf itself but I sometimes save the pdf with small notes. Is there a way that I can make these notes searchable with Foxit or another reader?
2
votes
1answer
65 views

In Windows 10's Settings app, typing anything into “Find a setting” gives me no results

If I open up the Setting app/program in Windows 10, there is a search bar on the top right with the words "Find a setting" in it. No matter what I type in that box, I get "No results for " and the ...
1
vote
1answer
108 views

How to search for C# source code files in Windows File Explorer?

I'm trying to find some lost C# source code files on an old external drive. I believe the file extension for C# source files is .cs. When I enter in the search file *.cs and begin searching, I find ...
21
votes
5answers
47k views

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?
14
votes
4answers
9k views

How to view full path in search results?

I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7. You get something like this: ...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Windows Search / Indexing service won't start

The service won't start. I've set it to automatic and manually tried starting it. I've verified any dependencies are started. I ran net start "Windows Search" and received the error "Service ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Remove windows 7 search entry

I have accidentally misspelled a search query when searching the local HDDs, and now when I search for something else the misspelled suggestion always comes up. How can I get rid of it or completely ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Windows is showing two icons for each file in search. Why?

I've made a search in Local Disk to find all my PDF files. When the search concluded, each file has two icons. Screenshot to illustrate the problem: When I click in one of the "pair of files" ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Adding standalone apps to Windows 10 search in Start Menu

I have a folder C:/bin that contains executables of a few open source programs that are only distributed in such a way. I like the fact that in Windows 10 I can push the windows key and then start ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
55 views

Windows Explorer AQS: Search for songs less than a specific amount of seconds

I am trying to use Windows Explorer's Advanced Query Syntax to search for song files in a folder that are less than 10 seconds long. I tried the following statement, but it returns everything. ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Windows 10 - search not working

Windows 10 Pro x64... I have two users in ,y compnay with the same problem. If they click the search icon in the bottom (task bar), the nothing happens - no window popping up. If the click the ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

Windows search override [closed]

I know there are many alternatives to windows search. But are there any that can be used by using the search bar in the Start menu? I can't justify using alternative software if it's less accessible ...
1
vote
1answer
405 views

Upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, Window Search service no longer starts

I recently upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. The biggest issue I have now is that the Windows Search service no longer works, making the Start menu mostly unusable. If I go to Indexing Options in the ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

Search/Indexing in windows 10 broken [duplicate]

I recently tried moving the location of windows's Index files from my C (SSD) drive to another regular drive with more space... I went to the Advanced Options under Indexing Options and put the 'new' ...
8
votes
3answers
13k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

Windows 7 Search Parameters For Searching File Contents [duplicate]

Is it possible to search the contents of files from the Windows 8/7 explorer search? Without the search timing out? There are no parameters when you click "file contents" at "Search again in" at the ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

windows 7 search: multiple condition “find folders of this size that does not contain this and that”

Windows 7 search allows to find specific files type and exclude some using some operators (such as AND OR NOT) but how to add multiple search condition on these following example? Ex 1: this query ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

Search for parts of file name in File Explorer on Windows 10

In earlier versions of Windows it was possible to search for parts of the filename by typing e.g. filename:~="car" in the search box. It worked for file names where car was not following a space like ...