Windows 10: Search doesn't find web shortcuts

  1.    08 Feb 2016 #1

    Search doesn't find web shortcuts

    I have a program group that contains a bunch of shortcuts. Some are applications. Some are shortcut links to web pages or web-based control panels. The problem is that ever since I upgraded to Windows 10, searching doesn't find the web shortcuts. For example, "Password Generator" is a desktop app and a shortcut to it appears in this program group. So I press the Windows key and type "pass" and "Password Generator" pops right up. "Avast Cloud" also appears in this program group, a shortcut for But when I hit the Windows key and type "avast" I get nothing. I can click through the "All apps" menu and it's there, but search can't find it. I have rebuilt the index, of course. But this behavior is very consistent and applies to all shortcuts that go to a URL. It means I spend extra time hunting things in the menu rather than pulling them right up with search.

    Any ideas what causes this and if there's a solution to it?
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       09 Feb 2016 #2

    You need to have Index set to index the whole drive, not just select folders for your user profile. Once it builds a proper search index, they should show up.

    I would just keep them in a desktop folder, or have the folder Pinned to the Taskbar for you to just go in and open it. Any Bookmarks should be in the Favorites folder that IE & Edge uses. You can also make a Start menu folder to have them show up in the programs listing as if it was a installed program.
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  3.    09 Feb 2016 #3

    The folder these shortcuts are in IS in the indexing list. They are in a folder under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. And they do show up in the start menu. But for some reason they don't show up when searching.
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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       09 Feb 2016 #4

    Search doesn't find web shortcuts

    Like I stated before, go in and remove those and just check "C:". Then tell it to rebuild the index. It should work.
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  5.    10 Feb 2016 #5

    Are you even running Windows 10? I check C: and it automatically excludes AppData and ProgramData and those are the areas that contain the menu items so it won't index them.

    Sure there are other ways to work around this. I noticed that one of the web shortcuts forces the use of a particular browser. That one shows up because it's not a web shortcut. So I guess if I re-create all the shortcuts as a link to a cmd file that contains just a "start" command to launch the link, it'll work. It's just stupid to have to work around something that worked perfectly well in XP, Vista, Win7, 8 and 8.1. It's a step backwards. What could possibly be the reasoning for not indexing the name of a shortcut to a URL?
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       10 Feb 2016 #6

    I have 10 on my test box. Appdata and Programdata is where the menu shortcuts and metro apps are. You can force it by checking those boxes like I did.

    Watch out on Index. Any time the new rollout or a fix for the current one is pushed. It always changes Index back to the built in settings.
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