The simplest way to query the index is to use the Search operation on the Start menu. Point to Search, choose For Files And Folders, and type a filename or a single word from the text or some other known property. Depending on the number of documents to be searched, the use of the Indexing Service can make a remarkable difference in search times. Even in small-sized to medium-sized databases, a search that takes 10 seconds without indexing appears instantaneous with indexing.
Queries can also be performed using the Indexing Service query form, which enables wide-range searches. Clicking the Query The Catalog directory in the Indexing Service console opens the query form (Figure 29-8).