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Questions tagged [windows-search]

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 search stopped working

I'm using Windows 10 Anniversary Update and recently the Windows search feature has stopped working. I think it was due to some copying / cutting around some of the file in my AppData or something (...
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How to search only for files with extension .sas but exclude files with extension .sas7bdat

I frequently try to search for my SAS program files (extension: .sas) but the search always pulls up SAS data files too (extension: .sas7bdat) because Windows Explorer search assumes an asterisk at ...
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Enable/disable windows 10 start menu search with additional options pane

Recently I did an upgrade to my windows 10 PC and got the new 1803 update. Along with that I received a new start menu search screen that appeared a couple of weeks after the update that will show ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer Search Not Working

Using Windows 10 Pro 64bit. When I type something in the top right Search box of the File Explorer nothing happens. However it does work in Safe Mode. How do I fix this?
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Disable Windows web-results in start [duplicate]

When you press the windows key, type Chrome, but spell it wrong, IT OPENS EDGE! I had an option configured, that Cortana was completely disabled and I wouldn't get web-results either, after updating ...
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Windows search folders only one level

I have, in a Windows 10 machine, about 600 projects folder, and each of these folders have two folders: current and old_releases. All projects together have about 1TB. To free space on the server, I ...
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Windows explorer search results preview

A friend made me paid attention me to this feature of the windows explorer search: When you make a search, sometimes, some of the hits appear highlighted in yellow in their context in the preview, ...
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Windows 10 Search Indexing service occassionally re-reads drive for no apparent reason

I've got locations of interest in my two hard-drives indexed by Windows Search. Occasionally SearchProtocolHost.exe (Windows search indexing service) intensively re-reads the drives for no apparent ...
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Tool to search in open/running windows? [closed]

Does anyone know a tool to search among all open applications/windows in windows? I generally have a lot of open windows of various applications on my desktop. Finding a particular window becomes ...
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List files in folder that match kind

In Windows Search I can use kind:=music OR kind:=video to get all results in a folder/ subfolders which are that type of media. Is there a way to replicate this with a command like dir on the ...
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How to change the browser used for web results in Windows 10 Search

When I search for things in Windows 10, the (web) results open up in Microsoft Edge with the Bing search engine. I want the results to open in my default browser, Firefox Quantum (61.0.1 (64-bit)), ...
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Windows Explorer search command with exact file name match

How to filter the result to the single result item only, not "any" similar items. Using Windows Explorer Search syntax Sample file name: config.config Search string in Windows Explorer: name:config ...
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Search with partial name in Windows 10 start menu

Is it possible to search in Windows 10 from start menu with part of an application name? Example I have qBittorrent app. If I start searching with torrent I see no results. In contrast, if I search ...
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What is the difference between modifying 'Indexing Option' and 'Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties'

This article explains how to turn off the index(Link). I'm not interested in turning off the index, but I'm curious about 2 different options. In "Turn Off Indexing Selectively" section from the ...
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How do I restore Windows 10 Quick Search functionality after Feature Update 1803 install?

After installing the Windows 10 Feature Update version 1803 on May 8, 2018 the Windows Quick Search function stopped working. When I am on the desktop or press the Windows key and begin typing, no ...
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Windows 10 Strange Search Issues

I am on a new laptop and am having very strange issues with Windows Search. The Windows Key + Typing does search for and return many results. Oddly enough, even though I have reindexed, restarted ...
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Some Windows 10 UWP icons not displaying on search, or in settings

Some, but not all, icons for UWP apps are not displaying in search or settings. They do, however, display on the start menu when not searching. Icons for all non UWP apps display correctly, every time....
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task scheduler and search indexer consuming CPU on Windows 10

Microsoft Windows Search Indexer and 'Service Host : Task Scheduler' are consuming big portion of the CPU, something that i have noticed is that they use the same amount of CPU most of the time For ...
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Recent search drop down location on Win10

With Win7 the recent search drop down within Explorer appeared right where you typed the text of your search. With Win10 its way off in the distance. Is there a way to move it back to where it used to ...
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Cortana can't find any third-party apps

I recently installed Windows 10 1709, already updated it but Cortana can't find any third-party apps like Firefox. But it can find Windows apps like Calculator and Edge. Already tried some tips with ...
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Search windows folders for any subfolders with a filename only 3 characters long

I've been reading some previously asked questions which seemed to relate to mine, but they didn't solve my specific problem. At the company I work for, we mostly use three character file names for ...
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Disabled Cortana but still want to be able to use search

I have Windows10, and I hate Cortana so I disabled it. Now, when I press the Windows button and type something, the search results I used to see are not displayed anymore. Typing text after pressing ...
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Windows 10 Explorer Search Tool Filter

In windows 10, I am looking to set the default search filter to look for folders only. As we do have an option to select "Kind:Folder" I dont want to have to select this for every search I perform. I ...
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Windows search service crashes on indexing

My issue is very similar to the one asked in that question: Windows Service SearchIndexer.exe Crashes on Indexing , however the asker there seems to have abandoned it, hence the repost by me. ...
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How to get rid of irrelevant results (similar words to that in query) in Windows search

Windows 10's (or my copy of Windows 10's) search tool in File Explorer works in this odd way where results include filenames with not only the query I use, but also those with similar words. For ...
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Search for photos without photo date on Windows 10

On Windows 10, it is fairly easy to search for photos taken within some date range. However, I would like to search for all photos that are missing metadata on when the photo was taken. Is there any ...
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Cortana's not searching PC files…?

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 ...
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Windows search service re-enabled by stealth [duplicate]

Early in 2017 ago I disabled the Windows search service. It was still disabled a few weeks later. I did not turn it on again from File Manager or anywhere else. Now a year later I find it has been re-...
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Is there a wildcard for “any number” in Windows search

When you search for a file in Windows 10, how do you specify a wildcard for any number? To give you an example: I know that a file is called something like: some-picture-100x100.jpg. I do not really ...
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How do I search in Windows File Explorer for files beginning with a hyphen?

I've tried the following: -, -*, -*.*, "-", "-*", "-*.*".
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Fastest way to search through files

I'm making a software that would count the amount of files stored in the hard drive(s) ordered by extension. The software collects such data as: file name, extension, file size, file create date, file ...
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Reassociate Windows 10 system hotkey

Windows 10 has taken WINKEY+F and made it bring up the Feedback application. WINKEY+F used to be the Windows file search in Windows, and I still catch myself hitting it sometimes on accident to find ...
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Windows 10 Search: App does not disappear, App do not appear

The following Windows 10 (latest stable build, all updates installed) search result drives me kind of crazy :) So what are the two issues here ? I have uninstalled "VirtualBox" a long time ago, but ...
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What is the Windows 7 search syntax for exact PART of a filename?

I want to search for a file with the exact string "02-02-002" in it's filename, the actual filename is "02-02-002 rev-C.doc" This Super User question suggest that for Windows 10 the following should ...
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Windows search won’t show installed apps even with indexing allowed

I have Windows 10 Pro on my SSD.  I have turned on the indexing option for the system but turned off Cortana. When I use “Start” to search for software installed on the system, they don't show up. ...
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How to find video files with length less than 30 minutes on windows 10

I want to search for all video files that have a length that is less than 30 minutes, so that I can delete them. How can I do that?
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Windows 10 search result shows no icon for Store apps?

After several automated updates since installation, my windows start menu search is broken. It couldn't show icons for any Windows 10 apps, but for regular legacy program the icon is displayed ...
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Windows search for specific filenames only inside in specific foldernames

I want to search in windows all files with names "text" only inside folders with "1H" in name. So is it possible to search something like that: searching_filename='text' searching_folders='*1H*'
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Prevent Folders from Appearing In Start Search Menu Results

I'm trying to disable searching for folders in my Start menu search. I don't want any folders to show up. I only use Start when searching for applications or files and often find the first result is a ...
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Windows 10 Search Instant Calculator Not Working

Usually, typing a few numbers with an operator into Windows 10 Search would give an instant calculation, but this doesn't work on my laptop. I don't remember when it stopped working. I have the ...
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How to stop Microsoft Search Indexer at all

After i saw that the Search indexer service eats all my performance on my C: drive, i just want it to stop so i disabled the service but it seems like this did not stop it. Together with the Search ...
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Search bar broke

Note: This is similar to another question here but I have made a new one for getting solutions for thr curre t Windows version. Also I have tried a lot of troubleshooting steps. So I thought asking a ...
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Is it possible to make Windows search results look like Windows explorer?

When opening Windows explorer, this generally shows files/directories information using following columns: "Name", "Data modified", "Type" and "Size", and it is possible to sort following those ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu and Search not working

This is a problem I've ran into on multiple machines now. The Windows 10 Start Menu and/or Search (Cortana) stops working even after restarting the computer.
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Search with OR in Windows

I have a folder with countries flags "us.svg", "fr.svg", "de.svg" etc... I need to remove all but there 3... So, is it possible to search with "OR", something like us | fr | de in order to cut ...
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Logical operators in windows search

I'm trying to make a search for pdf, docx and doc files between 1 and 16 MB. This is what I'm searching for, are my parenthesis doing the job properly? Is there for me to specify size rather than ...
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Right Click ,Left Click and press Enter does not work for searched desktop app result

Let me describe you the problem briefly by using images. When I search for old windows app such as Snipping tool ,Paint ,etc... through windows 10 search box like this: When I try to right click, ...
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Windows 10 can't find programs in subfolder

On my Windows 10 machine I can't find applications which are in sub-folders, when I am clicking Windows key and typing the program name. Example - I have a regular Skype and Skype for business: but I ...
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Trying to search filenames with special characters in windows explorer (Windows 10)

Through a very annoying person's mistake, thousands of my files have been copied, often multiple times. This has resulted in thousands of files named filename(2), filename(3), etc. My bright idea was ...
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How to change windows 10 search results order

Is there a way I can change the order of my windows 10 start menu search results? I want for example, when I press "V" to have the first result as "Viber", instead of "Visual Studio".