1.    19 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 60
    Windows 11

    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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  2.    19 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,382
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    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
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 436
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Use the prefix name:
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  4.    19 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 60
    Windows 11
    Thread Starter

    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.    20 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,382
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    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
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10 x64

    Give FileSearchEX a look too.
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