O'Reilly logo

Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

6.6. Search Files Faster by Adding a Folder to the Index

You can add folders to the Windows Search engine's index, which makes your file searches in those folders run noticeably faster.

Having a lot of data is certainly not a bad thing, but finding the file you want among all that data can get frustrating. Fortunately, the Windows 7 Search feature can help by enabling you to search for files based on name, content, size, and more.

This works well if what you are looking for is in your main user account folder or one of its file libraries (such as the Documents, Pictures, or Music library). This is because Windows 7 automatically indexes those folders, which means it keeps a detailed record of the contents of all your files. Using this index, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required