limit Start Search to local files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Laurence Smith, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. I find that when I hit the Start button and it gives me a list of files
    many of them are files up in the cloud on Dropbox.
    I would like to only be offered the choice of files local to my PC.
    Is there a way to limit the search?
    Laurence Smith, Feb 5, 2014
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  2. Laurence Smith

    Paul Guest

    The search has a control panel called Indexing Options.
    Which offers some control of what is indexed and makes
    the search go faster. Microsoft has their own idea of
    what you want, which is why the interface on the thing
    on the left is so annoying.

    As well, at least for local disks, there is a tick box
    to enable or disable indexing.

    The Windows search tends to be a "federated search", meaning
    data mining from local or remote storage is possible. And you
    can search your individual email messages, just as easily
    as the file content on a foreign volume. Perhaps this "Dropbox"
    thing, has some mechanism for including a hook for
    federated search.

    Another mechanism, is Windows can have a CSC folder, containing
    offline files. So even when a computer is not connected
    to the Internet, the copies of files you've been working
    on, are still available locally. Perhaps what you're seeing
    are things in a cache and not directly on Dropbox ?

    The CSC may be involved in things that "sync". And maybe
    if you're not careful, the Indexing control panel may be
    selecting to index what is inside CSC ?

    Paul, Feb 6, 2014
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