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Published on 01.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Search to Search Using File Names and Contents in All Files

Learn how to set Windows 7’s search engine to search all file names and file contents.

This configuration will set Windows 7’s search engine to search using all file names and all file contents. This is the most detailed search, but it’s also very slow and inefficient.

Change What to Search

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

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

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

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  4. Select Always search file names and contents only under What to search and then click OK.

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  1. Lev Perelman says:

    I have done all this and did not get advance options.
    I need to search for words in documents from windows explore 7.
    What could be a problem?
    Thanks

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