disabling non-indexed searching in instant search

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Alex Lee, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Alex  Lee

    Alex Lee Guest

    Dear all:
    does anyone know how to disable non-indexed searching during search in
    for example if I type "tree" all my documents would appear immediately
    -- however windows then attempts to search for file names with
    reference to "tree" -- files which have not been indexed and is
    extremely slow.
    is there a way to disable this?

    Alex Lee, Apr 17, 2007
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  2. Alex,

    Open Folder Options (from the Cotnrol Panel or, from a folder, choose
    Organize, Folder and Search Options). Click the Search tab.

    Make sure the very first button is selected. It should say "In indexed
    locations, search filenames and contents. In non-indexed locations, search
    filenames only."

    This is the option that uses the index and does not crawl through
    non-indexed files.
    Dave Johnson [MSFT], Apr 17, 2007
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  3. Alex  Lee

    Alex Lee Guest

    Hi Dave, thanks for your help, but is there a way to disable even the
    "in non-index locations, search filenames only"?

    what I want is for it to skip even the filename search.

    Alex Lee, Apr 18, 2007
  4. I'm a bit confused. Can you explain exactly how you are searching and what
    you are seeing?

    If you go to Start -> Search, and type in your search there, then by default
    only indexed locations are searched.

    If you search from a specific directory then we will either use indexed or
    non-indexed search as appropriate.

    You can also control the scope of the search with the Advanced Search ->
    Location control. So I'm not exactly sure where you would hit the scenario
    you are describing.


    Dave Wood [MS], Apr 18, 2007
  5. Alex  Lee

    Alex Lee Guest

    Hi Dave:
    ok lets say I am browsing my files. On the top right hand corner I
    enter the search term "tree" -- windows would then instantly display
    all the files that has the term "tree" -- however, after this it then
    starts to search for file name associated with the same term (ie tree)
    outside the indexed scope (eg entire c: drive!) -- I can see this
    clearly because the address bar is has a busy status bar working on
    "search result in computer" -- my question is -- can I disable this
    feature because it slows my computer down unless I physically stop the

    Alex Lee, Apr 18, 2007
  6. Okay, I think I get what you are saying.

    Basically if you browse to a location and then type into the search box in
    that window, then we by default search over all of that location. So if
    parts of that location are not indexed then we will do a slower non-indexed

    If you want to search just indexed locations, then you can do Start and
    click on Search, which will bring up a special Search window that will {by
    default} search only indexed locations.

    Or, in your original window you can open the Search Pane, select Advanced
    Search, and then adjust the search scope there.

    Dave Wood [MS], Apr 18, 2007
  7. Alex  Lee

    Alex Lee Guest

    Thanks for all your help Dave.


    Alex Lee, Apr 19, 2007
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