Windows 10: Search only filenames, not contents

  1.    19 Feb 2016 #1

    Search only filenames, not contents

    Is it possible to prevent Windows search from indexing the contents of documents and archives, restricting results to filenames only?
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       19 Feb 2016 #2

    Turn off Windows Search.
    Install Everything Search. Let it start after install to build it's index. Great program for finding files.
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  3.    19 Feb 2016 #3

    Use the prefix name:
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  4.    19 Feb 2016 #4

    Only problem with "name:" is that it will only search from the beginning of the filename, as opposed to anywhere within it. So, searching "test" would return "test.doc" and "sample-test.doc", but "name:test" would only return "test.doc". Plus it's just inconvenient to type at the beginning of every search.

    There really ought to be a way to turn off content indexing altogether. This feature just produces too many non-relevant search results.

    Thanks for the tip about "Everything", Ztruker. I'm liking it so far. Super straightforward and fast. I think it's bound to be my new search app.
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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       20 Feb 2016 #5

    I find I can't live without it any more. So easy to find files using any part of a name or extension.
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  6.    20 Feb 2016 #6

    Give FileSearchEX a look too.
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