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Tweaking Search
4. The Search tab has two separate sections. In the How To Search section,
you can choose from two different settings: Find Partial Matches and an
option to disable searching from the index.
The two settings here that you really want to pay attention to are the
subfolder search and natural language search options. The default settings
are good for most users.
5. The final section—When Searching Non-indexed Locations—specifies what
to do with compressed files and system folders that are not indexed or
when index search is turned off. I leave these blank to speed up searches,
but I strongly suggest that you do not turn on the compressed file option;
it causes your searches to take forever and makes your hard drive go crazy
with activity. Unless you have an SSD hard drive, stay away from these
6. When you are finished tweaking the search options, click OK to save your
changes. You might have to reboot for all settings to start working.
Customizing the Indexing Service
The indexing service runs in the background and reads and indexes your files
when your computer is idle to speed up searches. This works by reading all the
files and storing search keywords and other information in a single database
that can be easily read instead of having to read all the file information again
every time you perform a search.
In Windows 8, the scope of the indexing service is limited to the user
folders by default. If you use search a lot, you might want to tweak the folders and
types of files that are indexed. The following steps help you customize which
folders are indexed as well as the file types so that you can control what is
indexed and what is not:
1. Open the Start screen, type Performance Information , and then select the
Settings filter. Run Performance Information and Tools.
2. After Performance Information and Tools loads, click Adjust Indexing
Options on the left menu. When Indexing Options load, all the locations
the indexing service is currently monitoring are displayed.
3. The Indexing Options window opens. First, tweak where the indexer looks.
Click Modify and then click Show All Locations on the Indexed Locations
window. Next, navigate through the list of your drives and folders, and
simply check the boxes for the folders you want to be indexed. When you
are finished, click OK and the indexer goes to work indexing the new
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