Prevent Windows Search from Indexing a File Type

Learn how to stop Windows 7’s search engine from indexing a certain file type.

Exclude a File Type from Windows 7’s Search Index

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Indexing Options in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If Indexing Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click the Advanced button in the Indexing Options window.

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  4. Select the File Types tab in the Advanced Options window.

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  5. Search for the file type’s extension (.xyz for example) and uncheck it.

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  6. Click OK to save the changes.
  7. Click OK to re-build the index so that the search engine can exclude the file types you excluded.

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