Written by Barry Dysert (last updated March 1, 2021)
You may occasionally find yourself wanting to rebuild the search index (e.g., if it's very large and you remove a big chunk of indexes, or if it gets corrupt). To rebuild the search index, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Indexing Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Index Settings tab of the Advanced Options dialog box.
The work involved in rebuilding a search index is done behind the scenes and could take a while to complete. While Windows is rebuilding, you can work with other programs just fine, but you won't be able to do a search and get any meaningful results.
This tip (12936) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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