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Published on 01.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Search to Not Include Subfolders when Typing in Search Box

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

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 you don’t want the Windows 7 search engine to search any of the other folders in the current folder.

This guide shows you how to set up Windows 7’s search engine to only search for something in the current folder from the explorer’s search box.

Set Windows Search to Not Include Subfolders

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


    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.


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


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  1. Kim says:

    This did not work for me. Do you need to reboot your computer after making this change?

  2. Terry Hansen says:

    Does not work for me either??

  3. L says:

    If searching in libraries it still searches subfolders as a part of the library. Could be that’s your issue.

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