Can't search in files, how to fix

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can't search in files, how to fix


    I have 2 laptops... both identical
    Both have Windows 10
    On one... I can't search within files
    I desperately need to search within a folder and be able to search inside CSV and PDF files

    I've rebuilt the indexing but that gives no joy

    I've read up loads, but too many really old thread links
    I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction

    EDIT on the computer that DOES work with searching in PDFs, it fails to search if writing is vertical bizaarely. Any ideas on how to fix that?

    Thanks.

    Windows 10 Ver 10.0.19045
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  2. Posts : 43,491
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    I desperately need to search within a folder and be able to search inside CSV and PDF files
    Hi, first, I can say this works for me- even if I start with file explorer open at 'My PC'.

    Are you searching from
    - the search bar on the taskbar (by default)?
    or
    - the search box top right of file explorer?

    Please post a screenshot showing exactly how you start your search, and where the file you hope to find is located.
    (Create a test example if you wish).
    (To upload a screenshot please use the forum feature thus:
    Can't search in files, how to fix-screenshot.png
    )

    Please post a screenshot of your Indexing Options thus:
    Can't search in files, how to fix-1.jpg
    and thus - showing CSV - note the bottom option is checked (content)
    Can't search in files, how to fix-2.jpg
    and similarly for pdf.

    You are looking to see that an ifilter is registered for pdf files, necessary for content indexing.

    Now tell me which program is associated with pdf and which with csv.

    Next in File Types display there you should have an ifilter shown for each file type. (That's what does the content indexing for that file type). E.g. for CSV mine is plain text.

    Next open a folder including (e.g.) a pdf you wish to search for.

    Check its properties. By default the option to index by content should be checked as shown in its Properties, Advanced.


    Now examine the properties of the folder containing that file.
    Again, by default the option to index by content should be checked as shown here.
    Can't search in files, how to fix-1.jpg

    Now for two logical limitations.
    1. pdf files may be
    a. image-based (not content indexable without OCR)
    That might explain what you see:
    EDIT on the computer that DOES work with searching in PDFs, it fails to search if writing is vertical bizaarely. Any ideas on how to fix that?
    b. partly or wholly text-based - the text is indexable.

    2. When searching using the file explorer search box, you will ONLY find files BELOW the point in the file hierarchy at which f. explorer is open.

    There are a few starters.

    To anyone else considering posting:
    Please note: this is a question about Windows search. Suggesting using 3rd party search tools as people so often do with such questions will not help address the issue of indexed content search. I know of only 3 or 4 such tools, and those are not the ones commonly mentioned. Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 43,491
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    @sparkindex - no response??
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  4. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    This doesn't fix the problem, but may I suggest what I use? I use a program that searches withen files called FileSeek by Binary Fortress. So impressed with this program and how it's helped me tremendously with finding bits of certain code in mounds of PHP and uncompiled omni.ja files and whatnot I bought the program. Check Fileseek out for your in file searching ability. It's free with small limitations. You may find it suits you better than Windows.

    Also, for searching just for files themselves I use a program linked in my signature below called Everything. That program is not only fast, but has some tremendous search capability as well. You can get pretty nerdy with it if you're willing to learn. For one, if you organize say all searched images from time and date you can see all images added or modified via date and time on your hard drive/s. You can do this for all files as well. Or limit the path to a browser profile folder or whatever and watch files get added of modified. Those are just a few small things Everything can do other than its main use in finding files. Everything can search withen files as well like FileSeek...
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  5. Posts : 43,491
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    And do they index content - which was the topic of the question? Note my comment in italics at the end of my post.

    Pretty much any question about Windows search results in people reviewing 3rd party tools although I note your comment your answer isn't an answer, so once again I'm unsubscribing. No response from the OP anyway...
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    @dalchina thanks for the awesome reply.
    Big time apologies for no response - I needed time to reply to your question.

    I've read all your instructions.
    I'm trying to best answer...

    I start off in Explorer and search in the top right search.
    I type a name I need to search for typically.
    See screenshot below:
    Can't search in files, how to fix-image.png

    The search for this also includes search file contents.
    See pic below:
    Can't search in files, how to fix-image5.png

    See other pics for the search indexing:

    Can't search in files, how to fix-image2.pngCan't search in files, how to fix-image3.pngCan't search in files, how to fix-image4.png

    Not sure where I'm going wrong?

    EDIT: I have been suffering with this problem for 3 years. JUST now, I mean JUST now I tried... and the search is now working. I just don't get it!!
    BUT... on the same laptop... I have many users that I have to login with. They ALL have the same problem.

    I would also add that I logged in as admin and re-indexed everything - 2 times now.

    I'm hoping it's all fixed and all is OK now!
    BUT... I still have the problem of vertical text not being found by the default PDF search (on the laptop that does work!)
    @F22 Simpilot
    Thanks for those recommendations
    Fileseek looks good.
    Everything sounds pretty good as well - is this your own developed tool?
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  7. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #7

    sparkindex said:
    I still have the problem of vertical text not being found by the default PDF search
    I don't have an example to hand but I think that is normal.
    Do you have an example that is small enough to post [<=2MB]? How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Try3 said:
    I don't have an example to hand but I think that is normal.
    Do you have an example that is small enough to post [<=2MB]? How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
    I can upload... but it contains my customers data.
    I'll try and edit and upload later.
    Thanks.
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  9. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    sparkindex said:
    @F22 Simpilot
    Thanks for those recommendations
    Fileseek looks good.
    Everything sounds pretty good as well - is this your own developed tool?

    No.
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Try3 said:
    I don't have an example to hand but I think that is normal.
    Do you have an example that is small enough to post [<=2MB]? How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
    See the attached file: pdf.pdf
    I made this using a PDF editor.

    2 vertical text. One is found. The other isn't found.

    John Smith can be found
    MNO can't be found
    For example

    As I mentioned: I can get a 3rd party search and that will find OK

    Let me know what you think

    Thanks
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