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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Windows XP search for files which have specfic name length

I want to look for all .txt files in a folder, which their filename starts with r and is 4 character length or lower (<=4) What's the query? (in Windows XP)
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Highlight first result in Windows 7 search?

Is there any way to have the Windows 7 start search bar highlight the first result found so I can just hit Enter on the result rather than have to use the down arrow 2 times? Currently, when I search ...
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How to make the “~~” in Windows 7 search default

From experimental data, I try to put in some "metadata" directly into the filename (for various compatibility reasons), one such example is: ...
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Search doesn't work for Windows 7 offline folder

Ever since the My Documents folder was setup for offline use on my new laptop I can no longer use the search box in explorer, neither when I am online nor offline. My admin says this is normal. I ...
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Estimate size of Windows Search index

I have to index a rather large amount of data with Windows Search, so I wanted to have an estimation of index size. I've indexed a subset of data (about 60GB; 13e6 pages of text data each about ...
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How do I search for folders with x amount of files in Windows 7?

I would like to search for folders with a certain number of files, but currently I cannot figure out the syntax on how to achieve this. I have searched the Windows Search site, but have only found ...
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How do I get Explorer to default to Folder Path instead of Folder when I search?

Whenever I run a search in Explorer on Windows 7, the first thing I do is remove the Folder column and then add the Folder Path column. Is there a way to save this configuration so that this becomes ...
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How do I exclude an Outlook folder form Windows Search Index in Windows 7?

I have a pretty big (~30GB) email archive (Outlook + Exchange: .ost file) and I would like to use the Outlook Search Feature (Windows Search technology). I would like to exclude some folders from the ...
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Equivalent of Windows Search Deskbar Shortcuts in Windows 7

On my previous Windows XP laptop, I made extensive use of the "Windows Search Deskbar" and specifically the shortcuts you could define in an ini file. Essentially, you could associate a ...
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How to force Windows 7 to find files that has the text I am searching in their name?

I remember clearly either XP or Windows 7 worked like this because. Basically if I were to search for "replace" in a folder, it shows "No files". But if I search for "*replace", then it shows 2 ...
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Windows 8 search with result context

Is there a way to search for PDF and Word documents in Windows 8 so that the search results display not only the file name, but also some context of where the search terms occur? A sentence around the ...
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Debugging iFilter plug-in (PDF indexing)

I have the official Adobe x64 iFilter PDF plug-in and the FoxIt Software iFilter PDF plug-in installed, and neither one seems to be allowing me to index the contents of PDF files. So far, I've: ...
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Going directly to result page in Windows

Consider following scenario: You use windows search to find XYZ inside PDF,DOCX or DjVu files of a folder. Windows return some result. You open first file of result and again use adobe reader find to ...
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Windows 7 Search automatically searching federated search

I have a a federated search that searches SharePoint. When I press the windows and begin typing I want it to search my machine and the federated search. Is this possible?
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What does “Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files” do?

I've checked "Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files", but I don't see a way to tell Windows 7 that I'm looking for a system file. What does this option actually do, and ...
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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 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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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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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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When searching in the start menu, show more than 3 matching programs

I usually search in there for programs, and files elsewhere, so for example, if I want to update windows, I'll type in update, but it only comes up with apple, desura and java, so I need to click the ...
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“I'm Feeling Lucky”-style behavior in Windows 8.1 search?

Is it possible to make Windows 8.1 automatically select the most relevant search result, so that I could just press Enter to execute it? Right now, I have to press down-arrow each time to select it, ...
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The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index

I got this error in Event Viewer The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index. Internal error <4, 0x8004117f, Failed to add project: ...
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Windowssearch.exe and shared folder

I apologize for my poor english. I would like to launch a search from the cmdline on a remote network drive indexed. If I manually insert the path,the search is successful. Something like: ...
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Windows Search Companion Results For Zip Files

Does anyone know if Windows Search Companion can show the filesystem path and/or actual filename of the zip file that contains the found result row? If the zip file C:\TEMP\Instance.zip contains a ...
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Tool/code/extension for tagging files

There are a lot of articles on how you can tag files in Windows 7, such as: http://lifehacker.com/#!232891/tag-files-and-save-searches-in-windows-vista Furthermore there are some tools like ...
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Search in Windows 7 (not English version) is returning more than one occurence for “the same file”

As a superuser, I created a superproblem in my computer :) I like to see all hidden files to detect viruses and to learn more about the OS. So I show all hidden and system files. Once upon a time I ...
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List search results as normal files (instead of hyperlinks)

I have a very strange behavior on my Windows 7 x64 (upgraded from Vista). When I perform a search from a folder, the search results are displayed as hyperlinks. This means they are underlined when I ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...