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Modifying the Index to Improve Searches

WINV-4.4.1

Windows keeps track of files in indexed locations (New!) 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, 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, or if you’re having problems with the search index, you can rebuild or restore it.

View, Add, or Remove Indexed Locations

  • yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • yellow_circle_2.gif Double-click the Indexing Options icon.
  • yellow_circle_3.gif Click Modify.
  • yellow_circle_4.gif If you don’t see all the locations, click Show all locations.
  • yellow_circle_5.gif If a folder location contains subfolders, you can double-click the folder to expand it.
  • yellow_circle_6.gif Select or clear the check box next to the folder locations you want to add or remove from the index.
  • yellow_circle_7.gif Click OK.
  • yellow_circle_8.gif Click Close.

Set Advanced Indexing Options

  • yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  • yellow_circle_2.gif Double-click the Indexing Options icon.
  • yellow_circle_3.gif Click Advanced.
  • yellow_circle_4.gif Click the Index Settings tab.
  • yellow_circle_5.gif Select or clear the following check boxes:
    • Index encrypted files.
    • Treat similar words with diacritics as different words.
  • yellow_circle_6.gif 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.
  • yellow_circle_7.gif If you need to change the Index Location, specify a new location or click Select new.

  • yellow_circle_8.gif Click the File Types tab.
  • yellow_circle_9.gif Select or clear the check boxes with the file types you want to include or exclude in the index.
  • yellow_circle_10.gif For each selected file type, click the option to specify how the file should be indexed.
  • yellow_circle_11.gif Click OK.

  • yellow_circle_12.gif Click Close.
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