Adding Locations to the Search Index

by Barry Dysert
(last updated August 7, 2017)

The power behind an Indexed Search is the index itself. You can access the index by pressing the Windows key and typing "index" (without the quotes) and pressing Enter. Windows displays the Indexing Options dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Indexing Options dialog box.

As you can see, I currently have 113,576 items indexed, which is a relatively small number given a 1 TB disk drive-so searching through the index is extremely fast. The locations that are indexed are under the left column and any exclusions to those locations are listed in the right column. (The files that I frequently access via search are kept as shortcuts in my Start Menu folder.)

You may want to add additional locations to your index. Say that you want a folder called "To_E" to be included in the index. To do this, click the Modify button to display the Indexed Locations dialog box. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Indexed Locations dialog box.

The top portion of the dialog box is where you select or deselect items to be included in the index. The bottom portion shows you a summary of the items you selected in the top portion.

You may find it odd that only two checkboxes are selected in the upper panel, and yet there are five selected locations in the bottom panel. This is because some of the folders in the lower panel are buried under the right-pointing arrow of the C: disk in the upper panel. (This means you can "drill down" and select subfolders in the top portion of the dialog box and those selected items still appear in the bottom portion.)

In order to add the "To_E" folder to the index, all you need to do is expand the folders in the top portion of the dialog box until you can see the folder. Click the check box next to it, and it then appears at the bottom of the dialog box. When you then click OK, the folder is added to the index and Windows tracks it from this time forward.

 This tip (12885) applies to Windows 7 and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Changing a Computer's Name

If you don't like the name that was assigned to your computer when it was put together, it's pretty easy to change. This tip ...

Discover More

Understanding Event Logs

Windows event logs are great resources to see what is "invisibly" going on with your system. By understanding the various ...

Discover More

Setting a Restore Point

Restore Points let you go "back in time" to a point before you made system changes that could prove harmful to your system. ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Understanding and Using File Attributes

Every file has several attributes associated with it. These attributes can be turned on or off in a couple of ways and govern ...

Discover More

Customizing File Explorer's Display

File Explorer is a powerful utility to use for navigating among your files and folders. And it can be customized a great deal ...

Discover More

Understanding Storage Spaces

Need to add some addition drive space to your system? Why not consider adding what Microsoft calls a "storage space?" This ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight more than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.