The search function is awful. It used to be—in XP and 7—I could track down a strayed file provided I had most of the file name or something memorable in the text. No more. Eventhe Pokki Start button replacement's search function stinks. Any ideas? Any add-ons? Thanks,
Search in Windows 8(5 posts)
Are you using the Modern/Live Tiles search, or the search from Explorer desktop windows? The search you should probably be using is by sweeping the right side of screen and Selecting the search charm, then in the search string area put a part of your filename and make sure you select the Files button. Works well on my install, even if I do not designate which type of file I am looking for: no wild card characters are necessary, but you can use the asterisk and then designate a file extension.
Thanks, Irv and Fhirkin9. Yesterday evening, the search Charm started working, more or less. It will now find files by name or content, but not the files I created on my hard drive. Instead, it finds the same files in Dropbox. Obviously, the file paths are the same, so I can track something down, but it's a bit odd. I don't know about indexing, Irv. I searched it and found an MS explanation that looks mighty awkward. Are there simpler routes to take to turn it on? Thanks.
You are on W8 so it is easy to 'customize'...
From the SEARCH CHARM enter 'indexing' and then select settings and you'll see the INDEXING OPTIONS right on the top of the list on the left. It should be real easy to make what you want to search and what to exclude set. Not complicated at all.
Post back if you need more help. Here is a 'TUTORIAL' if you need one.
This ONE also covers it and more if you need to 'tweak' some stuff.
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