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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My SearchIndexer.exe crashes everyday

Everyday, my Reliability Monitor on Windows 7 x64 reports at least one SearchIndexer.exe crash. Here is the log. Description Faulting Application Path: C:\Windows\System32\SearchIndexer.exe ...
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Search inside of folder shortcuts

I have a folder with 100+ shortcuts to other folders all over my computer. I need to search inside each of these folders, but i have not found a way. Another user asked the same question: Search ...
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Windows 10 search doesn't find links or portable apps

I am new to Windows 10 and did a fresh install of the pro version. I disabled Cortana because I didn't want all my personal information going to Microsoft. But now, Windows search will not find ...
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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 / 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 can I get useful information from the Search Indexer perfomance counters?

I've been trying to figure out a way to get information on the indexing progress programmatically (how many files to go or "indexing complete"). I stumbled upon the class ...
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Windows 10 Search Unable to Search for Files Independently

When searching for files on my Windows 10 desktop by typing while in start (or opening search / Cortana), no files appear. On other computers (e.g. my Surface Pro 3) files appear under the "Documents" ...
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Windows 7 search does not return results from indexed folders

I am experiencing this issue over and over again and I just cannot seem to find the answer. It doesn't make sense, but search simply does not return results from folders that certainly have these ...
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Windows break out of search mode to acquire address

I was working on setting an environment variable in windows. I didn't know where the file was that I wanted to find so I used the search bar in windows. But once I found the file I was unable to copy ...
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I've disabled Cortana, how do I reenable it?

I disabled Cortana a while back by changing the file name in windows apps but now I want to enable it again as I need the search bar to work again and I can't remember what I need to name the file. ...
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How do you perform a search of filenames and contents, WITHOUT using the index in Windows 10?

I need to search for an old file in a large directory. Unfortunately, the index isn't able to locate it, and I only have keywords to search for which may be in the body of the file rather than the ...
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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 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 ...
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How can I find files with nonempty tags?

I'm in the process of organizing a huge collection of music files. MusicBrainz Picard is a great tool for this, but it sometimes comes up with incorrect results for files that haven't been previously ...
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Windows Metro apps have wrong icon in search UI

When I search for any app in the Windows 10 search, it has the same wrong icon (this is just an example): When having the app open or when looking at it in different places (start menu, taskbar, ...
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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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Windows 10 settings not opening from Start menu

In my new laptop, the Windows 10 search for settings works, but when I click on one of those results nothing happens. For example, if I search for "touchpad": The item appears, however if I click ...
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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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Windows 7 search finds files but not folders [duplicate]

I'm using Windows 7 Pro, and when I search for a folder on a portable hard drive, it shows files that match the search term but not folders that I know match it. How can I resolve this?
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Windows 10 does not search for Help files (CHM)

There was a feature in Windows 8 I liked very much: possibility to find a help file using the system search. I mean the search that is invoked when you press the Win key and start typing the thing you ...
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.exe files not indexed with Windows Search

I have several standalone applications in my "My Documents" folder such as "procexp.exe", "putty.exe", etc. I noticed that Windows Search does not index them even though "exe" is a file type that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 https://www....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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(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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...