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Published on 02.28.07 by Brent Trahan

Add a Folder to Vista Search Index

Add a new folder to Windows Vista’s search index.

Although the search engine included with all versions of Windows Vista is very powerful, it doesn’t index your entire hard drive for searching. This guide shows you how to add a folder to Vista’s search index.

Learn how to add a folder to Windows 7’s search index too.

Add a Folder to Vista’s Search Index

  1. Click the Start button and then type index in the search box in the start menu.
  2. Click Indexing Options that appears after you type index in the search box.
  3. Click Modify.


  4. Click Show all locations.


  5. Check off the folder(s) you want the search engine to index.


    Click OK when you are done.

    Note: You can drill down into the folders by clicking the little arrows to the left of each folder.

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