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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

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Click or tap Computer in the Navigation pane, and then click or tap the Open Control Panel button on the Computer tab.

    • In the Start screen, you can also click or tap All apps on the Apps bar, and then click or tap Control Panel.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.
  • yellow-4.jpg To pause new indexing for 15 minutes, click or tap Pause.
  • yellow-5.jpg Click or tap Modify.
  • yellow-6.jpg If you don’t see all the locations, click or tap Show all locations.
  • yellow-7.jpg If a folder location contains subfolders, click or tap the Expand arrow to expand it.
  • yellow-8.jpg Select or clear the check box next to the folder locations you want to add or remove from the index.
  • yellow-9.jpg Click or tap OK.
  • yellow-10.jpg Click or tap Close.

Set Advanced Indexing Options

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Click or tap Computer in the Navigation pane, and then click or tap the Open Control Panel button on the Computer tab.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the Indexing Options icon in Small icons or Large icons view.
  • yellow-4.jpg Click or tap Advanced.
  • yellow-5.jpg Click or tap the Index Settings tab.
  • yellow-6.jpg Select or clear the following check boxes:

    • Index encrypted files.
    • Treat similar words with diacritics as different words.
  • yellow-7.jpg For index troubleshooting, use either of these buttons:
    • To re-index selected locations, click or tap Rebuild.
    • To restore your index to its original settings, click or tap Restore Defaults.
  • yellow-8.jpg If you need to change the Index Location, specify a new location or click or tap Select new.
  • yellow-9.jpg Click or tap the File Types tab.
  • yellow-10.jpg Select or clear the check boxes with the file types you want to include or exclude in the index.
  • yellow-11.jpg For each selected file type, click or tap the option to specify how the file should be indexed.
  • yellow-12.jpg Click or tap OK.
  • yellow-13.jpg Click or tap Close.
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