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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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Is “Start Menu” “Partial Search” disabled by default in Windows 10?

I can't make "partial searches" in windows 10 Start Menu. Is anyone having the same problem? In "indexing options" the "Start Menu" is in "Included Location" and has nothing "Excluded" (although the "...
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Windows 2012 R2 Windows Search issue. Hangs and doesn't work after day or two been restarted or index rebuild

I have upgraded from Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 to Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. In previous installation I had some issues with Windows Search after Security Roll-up (January or February 2020). It ...
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How do I make Windows 10 Start Menu search find anything *containing* my search term (like Windows 7 did)?

On Windows 7: as I remember, the search results included anything that contained your search term. On Windows 10: it seems, the search results only include items that start with your search term. ...
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Enable Internet-based features in Windows 10 Search

For some reason, internet-based features are not appearing for me in the Windows 10 search box (such as web searches, image recognition searches, etc., though email and contact search does work.). ...
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Windows 10 search prompting “This is taking too long to load”

When searching using the search functionality embedded in the start menu of Windows 10 (when clicking the Windows icon in the left bottom), a screen is displayed saying "This is taking too long to ...
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How to stop Windows Search from auto excluding repository folders?

Windows search indexer is adding most paths to repository folders (both .git and .svn) to the exclusion list. I can remove them manually of course, but each time i rebuild the index - they are re-...
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windows search service is not working well

first it was a driver index issue even when i click show all location, driver cannot be found in indexed location i tried to select new index location to be on the drive that was missing then the ...
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How to add a folder to Windows Search Excluded Folders with PowerShell?

In Windows 10 version 1909 you can exclude folders from Windows search by going in: Settings > Searching Windows > Excluded Folders and add the excluded folders one by one. As a result of that, all ...
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Can I get File Explorer's Search Results to navigate to the full path instead of a Search Query?

Let's say I do a search in the top-right search bar and then click on a folder in the result (MO2 in this example):Example The file explorer navigates to the folder but the address bar stays in this "...
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Windows explorer file search always returning “No items match your search”

When I try to search for a filename, I've recently started getting "No items match your search" when I try to find files with names that match. This used to work fine and I'm not sure when it stopped ...
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Windows 10's search does not find one specific folder

This question is about Windows Search not finding any files. Mine concerns only one folder. There is a "To read" folder in my Documents, which is never found by Windows Search when I type "to read" (...
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How to make Windows 10 search bar diacritic-insensitive?

Typing without diacritics (in languages that use it) is often much faster/more convenient. Is there an option that allows making the search bar insensitive to diacritics? For example, so that typing "...
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Windows 10 Immersive Search tweak

Windows has an unofficial feature called "Immersive Search," similar to Spotlight Search on macOS, that looks like this: It can be enabled with the following Registry Commands, either with regedit or ...
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How to find a folder inside a specific parent folder with Windows 10 search engine without knowing the full path?

I only know that the folder is called Pictures and the parent folder is called Media (full path could be C:\XXXX\XXXX\XXXX\Media\Pictures. Is there anything I can type into the Win10 search engine ...
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Troubleshoot bad search index (Windows 10)

I'm experiencing some really weird issues with the search index in Windows 10 and I'm not sure how to troubleshoot them. This is a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro (build 18383.592, all updates ...
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Windows 10 search bar not working [duplicate]

As some others that recently asked this question my search bar just doens't want to shot results. Ive done everything there is to find online for trying to fix it but nothing worked. Did they mess ...
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Windows search box is black [duplicate]

My Windows 10 search box is black! It doesn't search anything. I remember that shortly before this happened, I was annoyed with Cortana and toyed with the idea of disabling it. I didn't actually ...
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Start menu Search not showing anything, even after clean window install [duplicate]

I've tried every fix online, from a simple restart, End Cortana, Restart Explorer, check windows search in Services.msc, even install a new clean copy of Windows 10 (1903; 18362.356), and yet nothing ...
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Windows 10 Search not loading, showing blank window

The Search menu on my Windows 10 suddenly stopped working. When I click the Search icon or type something in the Start menu, it just shows a blank search window. I've tried rebuilding the index, SFC /...
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Windows search finds files that don't belong to me

My Windows 10 machine has several local user accounts. Each user has a home directory on a second drive -- each user's Documents library points there. When I log in as User A and use the Windows ...
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Advanced Query Syntax - how to query only files in current directory only?

Is it possible to search within current directory only (i.e. to specify depth = 0 or relative path, without changing the search settings in the toolbar)? I tried multiple queries like: ./path or -...
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How to make start menu search look for searched item throughout the entire system?

Start menu search option only searches the C:\ drive. I want it to search the entire computer (all drives), how do I do this in Windows 10?
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WIndows 10 Start Search doesn't show indexed files from Appdata

I noticed that Windows 10 (build 18363) search didn't show the program .lnk shortcuts from the Start menu. Here's my experiment: I placed a test file in my "David" user folder and another one in ...
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Stop Windows 10 search on mapped drives returing UNC results

If I search, e.g. T:\Tools which is mapped to \server\tools, for sometool.exe, search results come back as finding the searched for file in UNC format like \server\tools\sometool.exe This is a major ...
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Revert Windows 10 File Explorer to Previous Behaviour

Windows 10 Version 1909 introduced a new feature in File Explorer. Previously, when you searched in a File Explorer window, the contents of that folder/window would automatically change along with ...
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How to get rid of Windows 10 search web results triggered from the start menu

I am trying to disable Windows 10 start menu search web results on Windows 10 professional v2004 slow ring preview release build 19033.1. Here is a list of things that do not work for me: [DISABLE ...
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Removing ALL Windows Search Locations except Start Menu

I am trying to play around with Windows 10 Search by removing all search locations (except maybe Start Menu). I do not wish to disable Windows Search as I want to search within Start Menu using it to ...
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What is the shortcut key to jump to the Windows Search search box in Explorer in Windows 10?

Is there a shortcut key to jump to the windows search box in Windows 10 when running Explorer.exe?
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How do I efficiently pull up the most recently edited .TXT files?

Using Windows is there a command-line string I can execute to show the most recently edited notepad files? Many times, I don't know the name of the file I need... but I know that I edited it within ...
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Search files by extension in windows

I want to search only svg files in a folder containing svg and svgz files. I typed "*svg" in the search bar but I get all the files begining with the svg extension including svgz. How do I exclude ...
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Windows 10 Search - Multiple shortcuts with different command line arguments

I want to open a program with command line arguments via shortcut by typing into the start menu to search for it, and pressing <Enter> on it. (Since it's a folder, I don't want to create a ...
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Save the Explorer search result view settings (columns)

This is a more in dept version of this question Store the view setting for File Explorer search results I'm trying to save the column setting to instead of Folder show Path. Every day I pretty much ...
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Can anyone help me to change the Windows 10 search keyboard?

How can I change the Windows 10 search shortcut from Win+S to something more Mac-like, e.g., Alt+spacebar?
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How to search for more than one file at a time using Windows? [duplicate]

I have 1,015 images in a folder and these images is classified into seven categories of medical diagnoses of skin cancer, and the same images are classified in the Excel file by number (the number of ...
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searching a string in multiple docs and note pad documents

I have multiple files in docx format and notepad .txt files. I want to search for a particular string like #search string# it might be present in any of the multiple docx or .txt or .rtf files. Is ...
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Search windows by default application

Is there a way to search for files in windows explorer according to the application they open with; I want to find all files that open with Excel by default, as well as all that open with Notepad++
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Start Menu search is no longer functional and the Cortana (SearchUI.exe) process is using a lot of resources

Recently I moved my desktop PC to a new place and for some reason the Windows start menu search is no longer functional. I usually tap the Windows key and type to open up most programs. Now, after I ...
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How to tell Windows10 not to search the internet but only local volumes [duplicate]

At the bottom of the screen there's a search box whose icon is a white circle and whose tooltip is "Type here to search". Is there a setting that would cause these searches not to go out to the ...
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How can I automatically collapse the search box in the Windows taskbar when there are a lot of applications running?

I like the large search box in the taskbar. I often use it to launch applications, and it provides a much larger touchscreen target for tapping on it. However, there are some situations in which I'm ...
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Windows 10 instant search in Start menu doesn't work

Got a new PC on my work and Windows was preinstalled and configured. There is a lack of Windows menu search feature. I got used to push Windows button on a keyboard and then just type what I want. ...
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Windows Search Does Not Find Text in PDFs (Applies to Callouts, Text Boxes, and Typewriter Text Boxes)

What settings or steps, if any, can I use so that "annotation" types of text are found when using Windows to search PDFs for a specific word or words? Environment Windows 10 Acrobat 10 (Acrobat X) ...
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Windows Explorer - Search - Layout keeps resetting to Icons

Every time I use the search function in Windows Explorer (Ctrl+E) it ignores my global setting to use the Details view (unless I explicitly set it already for the folder I'm searching in the past). ...
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How to disable web results from Windows Search (Windows 10 Home)?

Whenever I search anything in Windows 10 (⊞ > Start Typing), Windows shows web results (from Bing) on the top, even if I have a file with the exact name as the search term, or the search term matches ...
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Missing icons on Windows search, only non-store apps [duplicate]

since two or three days ago there has been problems with my icons on Windows 10 search, only in the search box. There's a screenshot attached, so you can see my problem. I want to know too if there ...
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Does Windows 10 search/indexing move files?

I was looking for a file in my Downloads folder (i.e. C:\Users\QM\Downloads) on my Win 10 Pro (build 1809) machine. I was unable to find it there even though I was near certain that's where it was. ...
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How to change color of search menu in Start to black?

I'm talking about this: I already use Dark theme which works on most things: But not when I search in Start menu Basically what I'm looking for is command prompt like look (black background, ...
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Dead start menu search entry

I recently replaced an Eclipse 2018-09 installation with Eclipse 2019-03. Strangely, the Eclipse 2018-09 still shows up under 'All' and 'Apps' during a start menu search. I can't do anything with this ...
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How to make a shortcut for a program that doesn't showup in search results W8.1

I noticed I have BitTorrent on my system. I wanted to make a shortcut for it on my desktop and/or metro-screen. However I don't know where it's located on my C drive. I "search" for bittorrent and all ...
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Can I turn off Windows Search service?

can I turn off Windows Search service? It takes plenty of my computer resources. Can I set up like like manually running?
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windows 10 start menu search - file content?

I have my docx files indexed includings its contents (index settings in windows 10). I want my start menu search to also use file contents of that indexed docx files. How can I do that?

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