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Chapter 3. Managing Files and Folders > Modifying the Index to Improve Searches

Modifying the Index to Improve Searches

Windows keeps track of files in indexed locations and stores information about them in the background using an index, like the one found in the back of this book, to make locating files faster and easier. You can use Indexing Options in the Control Panel to view, pause, add, remove, and modify indexed locations, indexed file types, and other advanced index settings. For example, if a file type is not recognized by the index, you can add it; if you want to stop indexing new content for 15 minutes to specify options, you can pause it; or if you’re having problems with the search index, you can rebuild or restore it.

View, Pause, Add, or Remove Indexed Locations

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Click the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.

To pause new indexing for 15 minutes, click Pause.

Click Modify.

If you don’t see all the locations, click Show all locations.

If a folder location contains subfolders, you can double-click the folder to expand it.

Select or clear the check box next to the folder locations you want to add or remove from the index.

Click OK.

Click Close.

Did You Know?

You can index file attributes for a folder. Right-click the folder, click Properties, click the General tab, click Advanced, select the Allow This File To Have Contents Indexed In Addition To File Properties check box, and then click OK twice.

Set Advanced Indexing Options

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Click the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.

Click Advanced.

Click the Index Settings tab.

Select or clear the following check boxes:

  • Index encrypted files.

  • Treat similar words with diacritics as different words.

For index troubleshooting, use either of these buttons:

  • To re-index selected locations, click Rebuild.

  • To restore your index to its original settings, click Restore Defaults.

If you need to change the Index Location, specify a new location or click Select new.

Click the File Types tab.

Select or clear the check boxes with the file types you want to include or exclude in the index.

For each selected file type, click the option to specify how the file should be indexed.

Click OK.

Click Close.

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