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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

  • one.jpg Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • two.jpg Click the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.
  • three.jpg To pause new indexing for 15 minutes, click Pause.
  • four.jpg Click Modify.
  • five.jpg If you don’t see all the locations, click Show all locations.
  • six.jpg If a folder location contains subfolders, you can double-click the folder to expand it.
  • seven.jpg Select or clear the check box next to the folder locations you want to add or remove from the index.
  • eight.jpg Click OK.
  • nine.jpg Click Close.

Set Advanced Indexing Options

  • one.jpg Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • two.jpg Click the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.
  • three.jpg Click Advanced.
  • four.jpg Click the Index Settings tab.
  • five.jpg Select or clear the following check boxes:
    • Index encrypted files.
    • Treat similar words with diacritics as different words.
  • six.jpg 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.
  • seven.jpg If you need to change the Index Location, specify a new location or click Select new.
  • eight.jpg Click the File Types tab.
  • nine.jpg Select or clear the check boxes with the file types you want to include or exclude in the index.
  • ten.jpg For each selected file type, click the option to specify how the file should be indexed.
  • eleven.jpg Click OK.
  • twevel.jpg Click Close.
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