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Can you control ~cache~ on Start menu search?

  1. #1

    Can you control ~cache~ on Start menu search?


    Make a new file. c:\temp\dork.txt

    Add the single word “ishkabibble” and close the file.


    Winkey-F, “dork”, enter.

    No worky. However, after some period of time, the file will be included in the search results. Or at least I'm pretty sure a file started to come up after a few days.

    Now, If one were to have made the same new file in My Documents, insta-worky. That directory is included/indexed/cashed/whatever it's called.

    Q: Can I add additional working directories I use often (c:\temp, c:\music, etc.) such that all nested files within will be included in the Winkey-F search results - instantly (or otherwise.)

    Perhaps a "path" type environmental variable exists for search - I would imagine.

    ("Otherwise" - as in perhaps manually refreshing the cache before a search - which is lame, but serves the purpose.)



    -also---

    [I'm thinking Winkey-F isn't the tool.] Is there a grep type function or tool – that is absolutely categorically going to look at an entire drive for a file, regardless of system, hidden, whatever?

    What about text search within a file? Using “ishkabibble” how do I find that file we made?

    Thank you!

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    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    One rule of thumb I always follow is that I never create any files or folders other than those created by the "system" in my C:\ Drive. Instead, I have an external drive that I put all my data on so that if things go "south" with the computer, my data stays safe.

    So, it's not surprising to me that Search won't find your dork.txt file. But, I'm gonna try it, just to see if it will work. BRB
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  3. #3


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Well, well, well, well . . . it worky just fine for moi! When you created dork.txt, did you actually use notepad or wordpad to create it, or just "stick it in there"?

    I created C:\Temp, then opened notepad, typed a line of text and saved it to C:\Temp as dork.txt. Next, I used Winkey+F and typed in dork. Voila! There it was. So, I stand corrected and am much surprised that it did work for me.

    Although, I still stand by my "refusal" to create any folders within the C:\ Drive just because "I" don't think they belong there. I would rather create new folders within my documents instead if I didn't have my external hard drive.
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    Doesn't work for me with vanilla 8. (Do you have 8.1?)

    Using Explorer I just right clicked in c:\temp and created a new txt document, but even if I open Notepad and create the file within the app and save it, it still does not update my Start search (Winkey-F) cache.

    I appreciate the idea that all intellectual assets “belong” in My Documents, but that's just not going to happen in my world.

    I do, however, insist my entire extended family do just that – so when they do a backup [yeah right] they get everything...

    I also have an image file c:\temp\dork.png, that I created using MSPaint.

    Neither can be found via Winkey-F "dork".
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    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Plain vanilla Windows 8 preinstalled on a new HP 500-056. I have 8.1 downloaded, but it wanted a product key so I backed out. 8.1 should be free and not need a key, so I'll wait, I guess.

    I'll try the Paint one in a few. Once America's Got Talent finishes.
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  6. #6


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Although I can use Winkey+F to find dork.txt, I can't find dork.jpg created in Paint.

    I also created a Cherry Blossoms file in PaintShop Pro X5 and Winkey+F wouldn't find it either.

    I don't have a clue as to what the difference is.
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