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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Guides / Tips, Windows |

Use Windows Search to search the contents of files

Use Windows Search to search the contents of files

A characteristic that has long including Search is known. Smack-search can not be that simple, and it can take some time-but also very useful, as have appeared Microsoft System versions it has become increasingly important. In fact we can say that Windows 8 has been completely redesigned, and search content in all types of applications and corners of the system is as easy as typing a word.

To make the most, there are a number of tips that we can follow, and one of them is set to scan for content within files. This is something we can do both in Windows 7 and Windows 8, which sees the light officially in a few days. Let’s see how.

The first thing is to check the list of indexed folders, because in order to localize content before we index them. It can be a very good idea to index only those directories have important files, such as documents or folders downloads.

In Windows 7 we can find the indexing dialog in the Control Panel under the nomenclature Indexing Options Options indexed or if we have the English system. For Windows 8, things have changed little, but to quickly find the dialogue we can access the home page, and enter Windows key-word index in the search box. Once we have located the item open, and we find a list of the folders that are currently considering for searches.

By default it includes the user’s folder, although we usually save documents in folders that are outside that scope is a good idea to add them. Just select the directory and start the indexing system, paving the way for future discoveries.

Is it convenient to index entire folders, regardless of their content? Well, the more complete the data the system knows from our files, the more efficient the search, but for example there is little point indexing executables, which are never going to need to find by content. For this serves the same configuration dialog file types in the advanced options of the index, where you can select all the extensions you want them to be taken into account and that we discard.

In addition we can also tell the system that we will index only the properties of the files, which will allow us to quickly find them using data such as name, size or date properties.

We already have the system ready to search by file content. Keep in mind that depending on the folders that we have included in our list of indexed documents, Windows may take a few minutes to collect all the data, so we must wait for the operation to complete before able to test changes just done.

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