Set Up Indexing to Index Encrypted Files

Learn how to set up Windows 7’s search engine to index encrypted files.

Index Encrypted Files

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


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

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


  4. Check off Index encrypted files in the File Settings section.


  5. If the entire volume (your hard drive or a partition) isn’t encrypted using full volume encryption (such as BitLocker) you’ll get a warning against indexing encrypted files.


    Indexing encrypted files on a volume that’s not protected by full volume encryption is a security risk and is not advised. If you still want to index encrypted files, click Continue in the warning box.

  6. Click OK in the Advanced Options window to save the settings.

The index will have to be re-indexed. This will happen automatically when your computer is idle.

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