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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Block/Remove “Web”/Bing Search from Windows 10

TLDR: Is there a way to keep Windows 10 searches local and stop Bing results/searches? Windows 8 has "Search Settings" => "Use Bing to Search Online". Windows 10 has Bing Cra...er... results included ...
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is there a parameter to inhibit IFilter feature on windows 7 search?

This question originates after this one. The two questions are independent even if they share a common problem basis so I'm asking this now hoping somebody can help me with at least one of the two. ...
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How can I change a Windows Search Indexing Options when I get the “you do not have permission to change the settings for this extension” (PDF)?

I have the problem I'm going to describe and hope someone can help me. OK, IMPORTANT INITIAL NOTE: I'm using Windows 7 64bit with SumatraPDF v3 (I uninstalled Adobe Acrobat Reader X) and PDFlib TET ...
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How can I get Agent Ransack to return one line above and below match?

I want to see the matches in context of the lines above and below the match.
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Windows command prompt find specific folder name in sub folders

Say I have a folder tree such as: C:\Users\Test\My Documents C:\Users\Test2 C:\Users\Test3\My Documents What command can I run to search through C:\Users to check which sub folders have a My ...
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How to customise search bar in start menu of Windows 10 Insider Preview?

By default, Windows 10 performs search in my programs, my folders, settings and Web. How I can customise these? I don't want to use Web. It consume my internet traffic, and it is a reason for the ...
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Move Folders Containing Certain File

I'm trying to sort out a bunch of folders in Windows 7. I have a bunch of folders and some contain a file index.txt and some don't. What I want to do is move the folders that do have index.txt into a ...
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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? Thanks
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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 ...
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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 ...
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WPS Office - index file contents

I recently started using WPS Office as a lightweight alternative to Microsoft Office. However on my system it appears to not index file contents. For example if I have a spreadsheet with the word ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro, how to limit Win+Q search locations

I use Windows 8.1 Pro on my work and I have my Google Drive and OneDrive accounts linked for a quick access to all my works. On my OneDrive, I also have my personal/family photos. When I make a ...
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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 Search query does not find all indexed offline files

I'm encountering a strange problem with Windows Search and my offline files. I've got a folder on a network share. The folder is made available offline. Among others, it contains these files (there's ...
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windows 7 search results columns “Folder”, “Folder name”, “Folder path” empty

How can I see the folder\file path when searching on a connected device? I have selected to show "Folder", "Folder name", "Folder path" columns but they all appear empty.
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Windows 8.1: search does not provide any results from hard drive even though it is indexed, and the index has finished building?

My Windows 8.1 setup involves an SSD and an NTFS formatted HDD. I have specifically asked Windows to index the HDD: I have given Windows lots of time to rebuild the index (and my computer is ...
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have to keep adding folder to search index

I have an 4 TB external HDD made by Touro, plugged into a USB3 port on a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit PC. It is divided into 2 TB partitions. Every time I search a folder on this drive, I am prompted to add ...
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Windows 8 search can't find folder [duplicate]

How to force the windows SEARCH to FIND ALL FOLDERS, containing "test" part? This is demonstration, how it is not working: 8 folders only 7 folders What is wrong or how to correctly input the ...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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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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?Can we add a searchbar in start menu in windows 8.1?

My question is simple. I just wanted to add the windows search bar in start menu. I dont want the two clicks to open the search bar. I just want to see it on one click. Can you please tell me if it is ...
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Find bad shortcut files in windows

I need to be able to find all the shortcut files on a shared network drive and get rid of any bad ones. I would prefer a basic windows search that I can look over manually and choose which ones to ...
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How to make folders appear in search results?

When I use the file search ( + F) in Windows 8.1, and use a name of a folder which is indexed, all the files in that folder appear. However, in Windows 7, the start menu search also included the ...
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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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How to access the program “create reset cd” when search function doesn't work

I want to create backup media through a built in program in Windows 8.1. In the instructions it says that I should search for "reset" (or something similar; my OS and instructions are not in English). ...
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Shortcut to configured search in Windows

To find most recent updated items I can configure a search at specified at : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/save-a-search Can this type of search be added to a Windows shortcut or exe. ...
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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 8.1 search not finding programs or control panel

My problem is similar (although not identical, i.e. the solution is not the same) to the problem addressed here. In short, neither Control panels (i.e. Update, NVIDIA, Display) or Programs (in the ...
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Exclude file path from Windows 2008 R2 Search

Problem with the Windows Search is returning the item which has the search text on the file path. Ex: I search for "holiday" text on certain folder which has sub folders too. The search result set ...
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Windows search could not exclude the folder path on Windows webserver 2008 R2

Problem with Windows webserver 2008 R2. Webserver role installed. Windows serach installed. Rebuild the indexes for the specific folders from the control panel-> Indexing potions. The code for this ...
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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 ...
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How can I see the available Windows Search Filters?

I've often wondered how to use Windows Search Filters. The available documentation is extremely limited, but its potential uses are quite large. When I type something, the only search filters I see ...
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Windows 7's start menu's search “see more results” is broken

After searching in my start menu and clicking to "see more results", I got an error dialog: It "seems" that it should be search-ms:query=document an not search:query=document but where can I fix ...
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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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Why does Windows 7 repeatedly re-index my system?

Windows uses an index to perform fast searches through the Windows Explorer interface. On my Windows 7 system, I want to be able to search using the interface in the upper-right hand corner of the ...
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Search for duplicates in separate folders

I need to find duplicates (to delete) in two separate directories, and I was wondering if I could create a search function somehow to look for duplicate files. I could find them by copy/pasting one ...
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Cant find computermanegment by searching in Windows 8.1

I realy loved windows 7 but i use now windows 8 and one simple thing drives me nuts. Using windows 7 i was able to to press the windows key and then just type "computermanagement" to find the ...
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Windows search using file version field

I need to find file name.dll which has version number 1.1.1 in Windows 8. Is it possible to make search according fields FIle version and Product version?
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How to search inside files on Windows 7?

In Windows XP we can search for files that contain a defined keyword (inside all files types). Windows 7 can look inside files for a keyword, but only for text files. (*.doc, *.txt, *.inf, ...), not ...
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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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How to AND-combine two searches?

How can I AND-combine two searches in Windows-Explorer? Both should look for filenames only. File contents don't matter. *EIB* and *.html In the end I want all html files found in folders (and ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Search in titles of audio files

I've many audio files which I want to search in "Name" and "Title" and "Album" tags. windows search bar searches the file names but is there any way to search the title and album tags?
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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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How to search in multiple folders in Windows 7?

In Windows Vista, you could easily select multiple non-indexed locations to search in. Where has this option been moved in Windows 7?
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Instant Search not working on IMAP folders Outlook 2013

I have 3 IMAP accounts and two POP accounts set up in Outlook 2013. Instant Search works perfectly on the POP accounts and Search works on all accounts but in the IMAP mailboxes when I type something ...
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How to search for videos/images by aspect ratio with Windows 7 Explorer Search

I know I can search for files (pictures, videos) having specific dimensions, using width:1920, height:1080. But how do I search for files having, say, 16:9 aspect ratio, in Windows 7?
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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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Windows server 2012 R2 and search by file content

I cant find any .txt, .php, .cs, .html, etc using the folder searchbar by content in Windows server 2012 R2. I cant find File Service Role. I cant find the windows search service in Services. I have ...