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Search feature in 8.1

  1. #1


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro

    Search feature in 8.1




    I am surprised at how fast the search feature is in 8.1. As I understand, it will only search files that it has indexed. But I have some files that have been indexed but it still can't find one of which is outlook.pst. The path of the file is C:\Users\Frank\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. I do know that the folder Users is being indexed. So isn't the subfolders supposed to be indexed too? I realize that AppData is by default hidden. But I always to into Folder Options and un-hide everything. Is it possible that the reason it is not being found is because by default it is supposed to be a hidden file?



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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    As I understand, it will only search files that it has indexed.
    That appears to be the case with the Metro search but that does not apply to an Exlporer search. So if you open explorer, and highlight your C drive (for example), and then input your search criteria, it should find the file you are looking for like so:

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    Hope you find this information helpful. Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    AppData is not indexed by default. You need to add in the parts of it you want manually. Go to indexing options, click on modify to get the "Indexed Locations" box. From there expand AppData and add the parts you want. I did with Windows Live Mail and it works fine - search gets my emails. Don't add all of AppData as you don't want "...AppData/Local/Temp" indexed for sure.
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  4. #4


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I wish I could agree that windows 8.1 search is fast, but it isn't.

    On another thread someone recommended Everything Search which is fast.

    PS.
    I note you are using the Calibri font in your post, Frank:

    "
    I am surprised at how fast the search feature is in 8.1. As I understand, it will only search files that it has indexed. But I have some files that have been indexed but it still can't find one of which is outlook.pst. The path of the file is C:\Users\Frank\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. I do know that the folder Users is being indexed. So isn't the subfolders supposed to be indexed too? I realize that AppData is by default hidden. But I always to into Folder Options and un-hide everything. Is it possible that the reason it is not being found is because by default it is supposed to be a hidden file?

    "
    This is one of the blurry fonts that make Windows 8 and Internet Explorer so difficult to read for some users, and is not one of the standard fonts offered on this forum. Can any of the other readers spot the blurry problem?
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  5. #5


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    I wish I could agree that windows 8.1 search is fast, but it isn't.

    On another thread someone recommended Everything Search which is fast.
    The problem (from Everything FAQ) is this - you would only find the PST not mails or contents.

    1.3 Does Everything search file contents?

    No, "Everything" does not search file contents, only file and folder names.
    As for speed - it works excellently me. I've no idea why it doesn't for others unfortunately except to say it took a day or so to build the index.
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  6. #6


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Maybe there is something that I am not understanding. I went into indexing options and added the folder, Outlook. But I still can't get it to locate the outlook.pst file. On any of the other files that it finds, it will show the file beneath the search box and if I right-click I will get a drop down list with a menu. One of the options on the menu is "Open file location." When I do a search for outlook.pst or one of the other files that it does not find, it will show the file beneath the search box but if I right click there is no drop down menu. It's not that I need it to find that particular file because I already know where it is. I just am trying to set it so that it does index the files that are hidden by default.
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  7. #7


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I now have it set to find the file that I want. After doing a lot of searching, I found out that the search feature will by default search all the files that are in the library. So I put the Outlook folder in the library and that took care of it. Thanks to everyone for your feedback.
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