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 10 can't click on / unclickable apps links after searching in start menu

PROBLEM: clicking the link does nothing Does anyone know why? Here's a similar thread with similar issue but none of the proposed solutions worked... Windows 10: Can't click on apps after ...
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What is the keyword “type” in Windows Search advanced query syntax?

Windows 10 file explorer's search tools let you insert type: into the search box. I cannot figure out what this is, what the possible values are, and/or which files qualify for them. The Advanced ...
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Powershell Error Re: M$ Advice Thread (Windows 10 Start Menu Suddenly very slow. Also Firefox (not other browsers) Fresh 'Reset' of Windows

I had to 'Reset' my Windows and I opted to 'keep my files'. I did Disk Cleanup to remove the old.windows files. Before I had the problem, Windows was extremely snappy and quick even after a year or ...
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Prevent Widows10 taskbar search to search in online resources [duplicate]

I don't want to see something like this: Let's say I would like to restrict the search only on applications. Or applications and local files, local documents. I conside it very dangerous. I have ...
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Windows 10 - some app icons in search results (win + s) are overlayed with a photoshop icon

I would be most grateful for any pointers which lead to resolving the following issue. The Problem When I use windows search (win + s) the icons for windows 10 related apps are shown with a photoshop ...
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Windows search not finding files on one drive - Drive missing from indexer search roots

Note: I have posted the same question a while ago on answers.microsoft.com, where I got no reply so far While trying to investigate issues with files not being found by the search indexer, I have ...
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How long does Windows 10 consider “recent” in the Search menu?

I was wondered how long the "Recently Added" apps stay for in Windows 10 in the search menu. an image to explain
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Networked folder 'type to jump to folder' working sequentially on letters typed rather than searching for all letters typed

I'm using Windows 10 pro 20H2. If I search a folder on our file server, I usually type a few letters to bring up the folder I want, for example "LOR" to bring up "LOREM". However I ...
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Specific “Best Match” option won't stop showing on the quicksearch bar

When I was looking for a song I didn't know the name of, a TV series called "Looking" showed on best match. After that, I tried searching something else up, I put an 8, the same thing showed ...
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Search for files by file name (not location)

I am trying to find any files or folders that match some name. This and only this. The problem is that in my search results I am also getting any file or folder that has the search text as part of its ...
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Change file type descriptions in search results (windows 10)

Some of my file type names (.jpg and .png files) were messed up by an external program I am able to use FilesTypesMan by NirSoft to make changes to the file type descriptions and revert back to the ...
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How to invoke the Windows Search window from command-line?

The Windows 10 Taskbar has a Search command: Clicking on this icon invokes the Windows Search window: How can I invoke this Windows Search window from a command-line?
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How to search for a file with a period in the name with Windows file search?

How can I search for all files that contain a period somewhere in the file name but not count the period that comes before the file extension? Examples I would want returned: sky.blue.jpg thesis.draft....
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Windows 10 search box loses focus after a second or two

The search box in the Windows task bar loses focus after a couple seconds. This sucks because it's the main way I use for launching programs. Is there a way to fix this? Edition Windows 10 Pro ...
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How do I make Windows 10 File Explorer search git repositories?

Windows released a new update that means that git repos are no longer searched on File Explorer. How do I disable it?
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Windows Search don't find any settings, and default softwares

After I moved most of folders from ProgramData to my D drive, and did a mklink, when I'm searching for something like "paint", "virtual keyboard", and any settings suggestion for ...
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Windows 10 search within images

Just like Windows 10 will search file content like pdfs etc. is there a way to get it to OCR and search within images? Especially I have a lot of screenshots etc in a folder of websites or other text ...
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Start menu shortcuts and settings not appearing in start menu search

When I start for Windows settings, such as personalisation, nothing appears. Additionally, shortcuts located in these two locations %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs %AppData%\...
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Search box grayed out in Windows explorer

A long time ago, I ran some scripts from the web to increase the privacy of my Windows 10 installation. Among other things it disabled Cortana. Except for multiple error messages in the event viewer ...
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Create alias in windows start menu search

I'd like to customize the results that show up when I type something into windows search. For example, when I type VPN into the start menu search, I'd like PIA / Private Internet Access to show up. Is ...
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Windows 10 search opening in full screen (win+q)

I have noticed recently that sometimes my Windows 10 search menu (the one that is opened using WIN + Q) opens in full screen as you can see in the image below (large image): When I open the start ...
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Windows 10 v10.0.18363.1016 - Cannot search using Win+S or using search in Explorer (top right bar) - Event Name: MoAppCrash

Cannot use Windows search anymore. I've checked and don't see any recent updates to my laptop. When clicking in the box in upper right corner of Windows Explorer my PC briefly locks up, and a crash ...
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Why does a black opaque box cover the search window?

It happens ever so often. Sometimes it covers the entire thing, sometimes part of it. My system is up-to-date. It disappears when I click on it, but if I click anything else in the search window, it ...
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Windows search not working

My start menu search and explorer search is not working. It is working normally in a test user account. I had problem with start menu earlier too but after this cumulative update it was resolved. ( ...
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How to set WindowsSafeSearchSetting to Off?

When I execute Get-WindowsSearchSetting in PowerShell, it tells me that WindowsSafeSearchSetting is set to Strict. I want to change that setting to Off, but when I execute Set-WindowsSearchSetting -...
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How to remove Microsoft software promotions from Windows Search results

Since a few weeks, everytime I search for my default internet browser (Google Chrome) I also get the suggestion to download the new Microsoft Edge browser, which annoys me (see the screenshot. ...
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Windows Search Indexer eating 5GB RAM (86% of total)

Sometimes Search Indexer is eating RAM like crazy, especially if I have JetBrains IDEs opened (PHPStorm, IntelliJ) but even when none of these are active and I'm only browsing the web this Indexer is ...
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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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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 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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