How to Include Folder in Search Index on Windows 10

How To Disable Indexing In Windows 10

Finally, if you’re finding that the indexing service is taking up too many resources or is more trouble than it’s worth, you can disable it completely. To do this, you’ll need to open up the Windows services applet, double-click on the Windows Search service, click Stop and finally change the Startup type to Disabled. This will prevent the indexing service from running in the future.

The Windows 10 Search is a much faster way to access those hard-to-find files. By querying a small database rather than sifting through thousands of files, Windows Search can greatly reduce the time it takes to find your files. But don’t expect it to work perfectly out of the box. Be sure to add your frequently accessed folders yourself and remember to rebuild the index as your first troubleshooting step if you notice it not performing well. 

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Will Everything detect all file name changes made to this folder?

Almost all changes are detected.

Changes can be missed if too many occur in a short time.

To rebuild the folder index when too many changes occur in a short time:

Everything can schedule an update time or update interval to rescan the entire folder for changes that might have been missed.

To customize the update time or update interval:

How to add a folder to the index in Windows 8


Indexed Locations screen for Indexing Options inside of Windows 8

  1. Open Indexing Options (see above).
  2. Left-click on Modify.
  • To add or remove a location, select or clear its check box in the Change selected locations list, and then left-click on OK.
  • If you don’t see all locations on your PC in the list, choose Show all locations. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice. (If all locations are already listed, Show all locations won’t be available.)
  • If you want to include a folder but not all of its subfolders, select the folder, expand the folder, and then clear the check box next to any subfolder you don’t want to be included in the index. These folders will appear in the Exclude column of the Summary of selected locations list.
  • Indexing all of the files/folders on your system is not recommended. It is recommended that you index only your frequently used files and folders for best performance.

Display Results Sorted by Time

Using the /T switch along with a letter code lets you sort results by the different time stamps associated with files and folders. These letter codes include:

  • A:The time the item was last accessed.
  • C:The time the item was created.
  • W:The time the item was last written to. This is the default option used.

So, for example, to sort results by the time items were created, you could use the following command:

 

How do I add a mapped network drive to the Everything index?

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Folders tab.

  • Click Add….

  • Select the mapped network drive.

  • Click OK.

  • Click OK.

If network drives are not listed in Everything, please try running Everything as a standard user:

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the General tab on the left.

  • Check Everything service.

  • Uncheck Run as administrator.

  • Click OK.

  • Restart Everything (right click the Everything tray icon and click Exit).

How to index encrypted files in Windows 8

Before you add encrypted files to the index, we recommend that you have Windows BitLocker (Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise only) or a non-Microsoft encryption program enabled on your system drive (the drive that Windows is installed on). The index will automatically rebuild each time this setting is changed. This can take a long time and might cause searches to be incomplete until the process is complete.

  1. Open Indexing Options (see above).
  2. Left-click on Advanced. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. In the Advanced Options dialog box, left-click the Index Settings tab,
  4. Left-click the Index encrypted files check box to select it and then left-click OK. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Notes:
  • Although you can use a non-Microsoft program to encrypt your system drive, non-Microsoft file encryption programs are not supported. Windows only supports files encrypted using the Encrypting File System (EFS).
  • Suppose you add encrypted files to the index, and you’re not using full-volume encryption for the location of the index, encrypted data from your files, for example. In that case, text from an encrypted Microsoft Word document will be added to the index. The index is obscured so that it’s not easily readable if someone tries to open the index files, but it doesn’t have strong data encryption. If someone were to gain access to your computer, they could extract your data from the index. Therefore, the location of the index should also be encrypted to help protect your indexed data.

How to list specific file using wildcards

The dir command can also be used to search for specific files and directories by using wildcards. For example, to list files or directories that begin with the letter “B” you could type:

To list only the items starting with the B letter.

 

Using VBA Get a List of All the File Names with a Specific Extension

The above formula works great when you want to get a list of all the file names from a folder in Excel.

But what if you want to get the names of only the video files, or only the Excel files, or only the file names that contain a specific keyword.

In that case, you can use a slightly different function.

Below is the code that will allow you get all the file names with a specific keyword in it (or of a specific extension).

The above code will create a function ‘GetFileNamesbyExt‘ that can be used in the worksheets (just like regular functions).

This function takes two arguments – the folder location and the extension keyword. It returns an array of file names that match the given extension. If no extension or keyword is specified, it will return all the file names in the specified folder.

Syntax: =GetFileNamesbyExt(“Folder Location”,”Extension”)

Where to put this code?

Follow the steps below to copy this code in the VB Editor.

  • Go to the Developer tab.
  • Click on the Visual Basic button. This will open the VB Editor.
  • In the VB Editor, right-click on any of the objects of the workbook you’re working in, go to Insert and click on Module. If you don’t see the Project Explorer, use the keyboard shortcut Control + R (hold the control key and press the ‘R’ key).
  • Double click on the Module object and copy and paste the above code into the module code window.

How to Use this Function?

Below are the steps to use this function in a worksheet:

  • In any cell, enter the folder address of the folder from which you want to list the file names. I have entered this in cell A1.
  • In a cell, enter the extension (or the keyword), for which you want all the file names. I have entered this in cell B1.
  • In the cell where you want the list, enter the following formula (I am entering it in cell A3):
  • Copy and paste the formula in the cells below to get a list of all the files.

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