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Published on 01.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Search to Include Subfolders when Typing in Search Box

Learn how to set Windows 7’s search engine to search in the current explorer folder and subfolders.

Let’s say you have a folder filled with documents and other folders which are also filled with documents. You need to search for a document in the current folder but it might be located in one of the subfolders.

This guide shows you how to set up Windows 7’s search engine to search for something in the current folder and folders located in it from an explorer window’s search box.

Set Windows Search to Include Subfolders

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Folder Options.

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    Note: If you don’t see Folder Options, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the Search tab in the Folder Options window.

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  4. Check Include subfolders when typing in the search box in the How to search section and then click OK.

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