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Published on 01.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Search to Search Using File Names and Contents in Indexed Locations Only

Learn how to set Windows 7’s search engine to search using file names and contents in indexed locations only.

This configuration will set Windows 7’s search engine to search using file names and file contents in indexed locations. Non-indexed locations will only be searched using file names. This is the most efficient way to search using Windows 7’s search engine.

Change What to Search

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

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    Note: If Folder Options is not 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 In indexed locations, search file names and contents. In non-indexed locations, search file names only under What to search and then click OK.

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