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Windows Search is the functionality built into the Windows OS for finding files, folders and programs on a PC or in connected storage.

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Windows Search bar fills background with black color

Today I launched my laptop, and when I hit the 3-finger gesture to open the search box, it blacked out the whole screen and then popped in the left part of my screen, taking more space than usual. It ...
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Display folders first in File Explorer search

Whenever I search for something (in this case "*") in File Explorer, folders appear mixed in with files: Is there a way to make it display all folders at the top like it does outside of ...
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How to make Windows start menu search for Apps automatically

I don't like having apps on my desktop or pinned to my taskbar, so I open all my apps by pressing the Windows menu key, typing in the app name, then hitting enter once the specific app is selected as ...
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How to disable Windows 10 Pro Edition searching the web when typing in the start menu [duplicate]

I want to disable that windows 10 pro gives me web search results when typing something into the start menu bar: but i could not figure out how to do that. The only working method i knew and could ...
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Icons in windows Start Menu / Search are gone and replaced with another app

When I open Start Menu, I can scroll through the apps and the icons are fine. However, when I start typing (searching), many of the icons get replaced with IrfanView. Uninstalling IrfanView did not ...
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Find files by contents (Windows 11)

I'm trying to search through 15 years of bank statements (PDF) for a specific payment amount, $42.69. I used Windows explorer file search (bar in upper right corner of file explorer) in the folder ...
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"Exclude Directories from extended Search" fills automatically

My Problem is, the "Exclude Directories from extended Search" fills automatically and i dont know why. I prefer, that every Directory is indexed. How can i prevent Windows from doing that? ...
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Start menu closes after opening anything from search results

In Windows 10 I could search for something (e.g. photos) by typing partial filename in Start menu and in the list of results displayed there, I could click "Open file location" on the item ...
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Windows 10 Search to list every instance of search text

I've gotten the Windows search tool to work to find when various files contain a certain text (in this case, a server name). The list of results shows me each file. However, I know there are multiple ...
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How to create task bar search icon shortcut like for task view

I have centered my windows 10 start button like in windows 11 using a youtube video. So I would not be able to keep search and task view icons in the taskbar. I found the location of task view and ...
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Get Thunderbird email contents to show up in Windows 10/11 search

Has anyone successfully gotten the content of Thunderbird emails to show up in Windows 10/11 search? I have Enable Global Search and Indexer checked in Thunderbird settings and I have the Manage Store ...
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Resize Windows search windows Independent of start menu

My Problem is that i use the full screen option for the start menu in Windows. This works perfectly. I noticed when using this option that my search windows expands up to the top of my screen. image ...
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Win10 - Files associations in search results are broken

The last change I made to my PC was to install Node.js, although, this probably was not the cause, it is probably worth to mention. I haven't found any other person that reports this exact issue so I'...
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Most of the apps are not working after I did something on registry

I searched for how to change the name of the user in the directory and it told me to go to the registry and Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList. I went ...
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Search menu zoomed in

I have recently adjusted my setup (can't have enough monitors, right?). I changed my primary display to one of my external monitors, but now I have one small, but very challenging issue. My search ...
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Can you use Windows search to filter by number of hardlinks of a file?

I just read this question and I wondered if you could do Type:~~Hardlink. I know it can be done in Powershell, but can I do it in the Windows search box, or if there is an equivalent search command? I'...
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Ghost icons in taskbar and icons not showing in windows search

All of a sudden my icons for apps in my taskbar has disappeared but the apps are still there and when I go to search for some of the apps which have a ghost icon in taskbar it shows what appears to be ...
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How to search for underscore character in Windows Search?

I have Windows 10. I want to use Explorer Search to find file containing Arr__ It is important to have the 2 underscore. however, it returns Arr_SOMETHING So even those with one underscore are ...
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Windows 11 search UI looks like Windows 10 search UI - How to fix?

My Windows 11 search UI looks like Windows 10 search UI. (I tried to reset explorer.exe but it did not work) How do I fix it?
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How can I gracefully stop the Windows Search service via console?

I use the following PowerShell cmdlets to stop the Windows Search service: Set-Service -Name WSearch -StartupType Disabled Stop-Service -Name WSearch But if I do that while the Windows Search service ...
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Windows Search Function does not find existing folders (and files)

I am trying to find some folders using the search function in Windows 10. But it seemingly does not find folders even though they are definitely there. Suggestions are very much appreciated.
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Sort Windows Desktop search results by word frequency

On my Windows 10 system, if I search for a common word in a folder with many documents, I get a long list of results. I would like to be able to sort the results based on the number of hits in each ...
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How do I get Windows 10 to index mapped network drives?

I have three network drives (S:, U: and Z:) mapped to a Synology NAS. They are all online and read/write accessible. Without installing additional software or making the files available offline, how ...
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Windows 10: Limit Start Menu search Folders while indexing other folders

I have a weird situation I am in. I have this one folder which has a large number of subfolders and files inside of it that I need to be able to search through reasonably quickly. Because of this, I ...
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Windows 10 search issue

It seems kinda like bug, let me explain. I occasionally use search feature and don't like search bar, so I got used to Win+S hotkey combination. Normally, it would open Search box like small window on ...
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Windows File Explorer Search Results Extract

So I have a several thousand PDFs spread across many folders in a network drive. And I need a single piece of text data from them. Windows Search actually lets me find them all, and actually shows me ...
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A way to have Evernote notes indexed by the Windows Search Indexer?

As per title, I was wondering if there is a way to have the Windows Search Indexer index the Evernote database (and thus all the notes, their titles and content) so that hitting the Win key on the ...
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Start Menu and Search malfunctioning?

I noticed this randomly start happening on my laptop yesterday, where for some reason, when I open the start menu or search, it starts acting like the up arrow key is being help down: I have no ...
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How can I search Windows 10, excluding folders yet including zips?

I use a search string to generate statistics of documents processed, I used to use the -kind:folder but then realized it was blocking .zip files. Here are my requirements: YES include .zip files in ...
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Is there a way to list all excel files containing Macros in a Folder and Subfolders?

I would like to list all Excel Files containing Macros in a Folder and Subfolders. Is it possible to do it with Windows Search or Agent Ransack or Filesearch Pro?
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Windows 10 white search bar with black text

I have a new legion 5 pro running windows 10 home, and I am getting this issue where the search bar stays white, and the text inside is black after doing a search and then selecting a program. It ...
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Windows 10 can't click on / unclickable apps links after searching in start menu

PROBLEM: clicking the link does nothing Does anyone know why? Here's a similar thread with similar issue but none of the proposed solutions worked... Windows 10: Can't click on apps after ...
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What is the keyword "type" in Windows Search advanced query syntax?

Windows 10 file explorer's search tools let you insert type: into the search box. I cannot figure out what this is, what the possible values are, and/or which files qualify for them. The Advanced ...
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Powershell Error Re: M$ Advice Thread (Windows 10 Start Menu Suddenly very slow. Also Firefox (not other browsers) Fresh 'Reset' of Windows

I had to 'Reset' my Windows and I opted to 'keep my files'. I did Disk Cleanup to remove the old.windows files. Before I had the problem, Windows was extremely snappy and quick even after a year or ...
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Prevent Widows10 taskbar search to search in online resources [duplicate]

I don't want to see something like this: Let's say I would like to restrict the search only on applications. Or applications and local files, local documents. I conside it very dangerous. I have ...
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Windows 10 - some app icons in search results (win + s) are overlayed with a photoshop icon

I would be most grateful for any pointers which lead to resolving the following issue. The Problem When I use windows search (win + s) the icons for windows 10 related apps are shown with a photoshop ...
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Windows search not finding files on one drive - Drive missing from indexer search roots

Note: I have posted the same question a while ago on answers.microsoft.com, where I got no reply so far While trying to investigate issues with files not being found by the search indexer, I have ...
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Networked folder 'type to jump to folder' working sequentially on letters typed rather than searching for all letters typed

I'm using Windows 10 pro 20H2. If I search a folder on our file server, I usually type a few letters to bring up the folder I want, for example "LOR" to bring up "LOREM". However I ...
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Search for files by file name (not location)

I am trying to find any files or folders that match some name. This and only this. The problem is that in my search results I am also getting any file or folder that has the search text as part of its ...
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How to invoke the Windows Search window from command-line?

The Windows 10 Taskbar has a Search command: Clicking on this icon invokes the Windows Search window: How can I invoke this Windows Search window from a command-line?
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How to search for a file with a period in the name with Windows file search?

How can I search for all files that contain a period somewhere in the file name but not count the period that comes before the file extension? Examples I would want returned: sky.blue.jpg thesis.draft....
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Windows 10 search box loses focus after a second or two

The search box in the Windows task bar loses focus after a couple seconds. This sucks because it's the main way I use for launching programs. Is there a way to fix this? Edition Windows 10 Pro ...
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How do I make Windows 10 File Explorer search git repositories?

Windows released a new update that means that git repos are no longer searched on File Explorer. How do I disable it?
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Windows Search don't find any settings, and default softwares

After I moved most of folders from ProgramData to my D drive, and did a mklink, when I'm searching for something like "paint", "virtual keyboard", and any settings suggestion for ...
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Windows 10 search within images

Just like Windows 10 will search file content like pdfs etc. is there a way to get it to OCR and search within images? Especially I have a lot of screenshots etc in a folder of websites or other text ...
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Start menu shortcuts and settings not appearing in start menu search

When I start for Windows settings, such as personalisation, nothing appears. Additionally, shortcuts located in these two locations %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs %AppData%\...
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Search box grayed out in Windows explorer

A long time ago, I ran some scripts from the web to increase the privacy of my Windows 10 installation. Among other things it disabled Cortana. Except for multiple error messages in the event viewer ...
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Create alias in windows start menu search

I'd like to customize the results that show up when I type something into windows search. For example, when I type VPN into the start menu search, I'd like PIA / Private Internet Access to show up. Is ...
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Windows 10 search opening in full screen (win+q)

I have noticed recently that sometimes my Windows 10 search menu (the one that is opened using WIN + Q) opens in full screen as you can see in the image below (large image): When I open the start ...
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Windows 10 v10.0.18363.1016 - Cannot search using Win+S or using search in Explorer (top right bar) - Event Name: MoAppCrash

Cannot use Windows search anymore. I've checked and don't see any recent updates to my laptop. When clicking in the box in upper right corner of Windows Explorer my PC briefly locks up, and a crash ...
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