Set Windows Search to Index a File Type’s Properties and Contents

Learn how to set Windows 7’s search engine to index a file types properties and contents.

Windows 7’s search engine has the ability to search using a file’s contents and properties or its properties only. Searching using properties only is faster but less thorough and searching using properties and contents is more thorough but a little slower.

Index a File Type’s Properties and Contents

  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’s extension in the list, select it, and then choose Index Properties and File Contents under How should this file be indexed.

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  6. Click OK to save the changes and close the Indexing Options window.

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