I have windows 10, btw.

I'm trying to search for files in my documents folder (not in OneDrive) using Cortana, but whatever I search, the only documents that show up after a while are ones on my OneDrive that are vaguely related. For example, I'm looking for a pdf titled "usermanual.pdf", which is on my PC, but Cortana can't find it. I don't even think she looks there.

I've been looking for a fix for weeks about this problem, and the only solution I could find is to re-index. I've indexed the entire C:, to no positive result.

Apologies if I haven't provided enough information.

  • Open services.msc from Win+R. Check if the Windows Search service is running.
    – Biswapriyo
    Mar 8, 2018 at 7:22

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Cortana will not search all directories in PC by default, you need to configure Index for her, just like search feature.

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In general, if we want to search a file rather than a system setting or feature, we use the search box in File Explorer.

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    Regarding your last comment, Vista and Windows 7 both did local file searches by default from the Start menu. It's no surprise users would expect that from 10. Mar 8, 2018 at 10:10
  1. Go to Settings > Cortana > Permissions & History. (Searching in Cortana for "Permissions & History" doesn't work, but that's a separate problem.)

  2. Turn off Cloud Search.

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