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Adjusting Search Settings
service, Windows Search can quickly search through a file index that is
continuously updated by the indexing service running in the background. For a
search in Windows to be successful, there needs to be a good balance between
the amount of time it takes to get results and the overall system performance
decrease caused by the background indexing service.
You can use some cool tricks to increase the success of a search while also
increasing overall system performance by reducing the amount of work the
indexing service has to do. First, I show you how to adjust where Explorer searches for
an item when browsing through folders. Then I show you how to adjust some
settings on the indexing service, as well as how to use Windows Search without
an index. All these hacks help you increase the performance of Windows Explorer
and your overall system performance.
Adjusting Search Settings
Typically when you use a search box when browsing through folders, you are
looking for a specific file. In Windows, you can configure search to look for
partial matches, the content of files, and within compressed files such as zip and
cab files. By limiting what it is searching through, you can increase the speed
with which your results are returned.
Adjusting the search settings is very easy to do. Follow these steps to adjust
the search scope for any folder:
1. Open File Explorer.
2. Navigate to a folder for which you would like to change the search scope.
Click the View tab and then click Options on the far right.
3. When Folder Options loads, click the Search tab.
5. Under How To Search, remove the check next to Find Partial Matches.
6. Under Searching Non-indexed Locations, you can configure whether you
want to search system directories, within compressed files, and within the
contents of files.
7. After you have made your changes, click OK to save them.
Adjusting Windows Indexing Service
The search settings are just one part of the search feature in Windows. The
real brains—the feature that enables you to search quickly through the various
types of files on your computer—are in the indexing service. This service runs
in the background and monitors only folders and file types it is configured to
monitor. The content of any files located in folders the indexing service
monitors are read by the service and indexed. That indexing data is then stored in
a centralized database.
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