Windows 10: File Explorer search not working Solved


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 pro x64
       31 Jul 2016 #1

    File Explorer search not working


    Hi,
    I recently upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10.
    The search in the task bar seems to be working perfectly but the search bar in file explorer does not display any results.
    I tried rebuilding, modifying the indices but still no change.

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    Thanks in Advance.
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  2.    31 Jul 2016 #2

    Hi, you might try this:

    Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

    https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/26645-file-explorer-search-not-working.html
    See #9, #10

    Try searching the forum for more threads
    search not working

    Notes:
    1. Explorer search should work slowly for non-indexed items, fast for indexed items. So rebuilding the index or changing the indexed locations is not likely to be the issue. And beware- part of the default settings is necessary for search in Settings to work.
    2. Cortana (task bar box) search - did you use 'My Stuff'? That searches what's on disk - but only searches what's indexed last I tried it.
    3. FYI: explorer search supports a search syntax - info on internet.
    Last edited by dalchina; 31 Jul 2016 at 09:47.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 pro x64
    Thread Starter
       31 Jul 2016 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, you might try this:

    Fix search does not work in PC Settings app in Windows 10

    https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/26645-file-explorer-search-not-working.html
    See #9, #10

    Try searching the forum for more threads
    search not working

    Notes:
    1. Explorer search should work slowly for non-indexed items, fast for indexed items. Do rebuilding the index or changing the indexed locations is not likely to be the issue. And beware- part of the default settings is necessary for search in Settings to work.
    2. Cortana (task bar box) search - did you use 'My Stuff'? That searches what's on disk - but only searches what's indexed last I tried it.
    3. FYI: explorer search supports a search syntax - info on internet.
    Thanks for the fast response, dalchina.
    1. As in the third img every folder and sub folder is indexed. I rebuilt the index thrice but still no change.
    2. Yes. I disabled web search.

    No that thread didnn't help fix the problem. Is there any other hot fix.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    31 Jul 2016 #4

    I just use Everything search. It's way better than Windows search.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    31 Jul 2016 #5

    Grim94 said: View Post
    Thanks for the fast response, dalchina.
    1. As in the third img every folder and sub folder is indexed. I rebuilt the index thrice but still no change.
    2. Yes. I disabled web search.

    No that thread didnn't help fix the problem. Is there any other hot fix.
    As before, please confirm My Stuff search works properly for you within the limits of what's indexed.

    I completely agree with TrustMe - explorer search other than simple cases can be relatively slow, sometimes unreliable (apparently) and you may need to use Advanced search syntax to achieve your goals.

    I use Locate32 (freeware) - operates on the same basis as Everything - fast index, maintained, of ALL file/folder names on ALL partitions- find-as-you-type, specification of size, date range, extensions etc etc and search syntax too. Also supports searching found text files as an extra.

    Everything has a modern GUI and is maintained.

    However, you don't want sthg broken related to explorer...
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 pro x64
    Thread Starter
       31 Jul 2016 #6

    dalchina said: View Post
    As before, please confirm My Stuff search works properly for you within the limits of what's indexed.

    I completely agree with TrustMe - explorer search other than simple cases can be relatively slow, sometimes unreliable (apparently) and you may need to use Advanced search syntax to achieve your goals.

    I use Locate32 (freeware) - operates on the same basis as Everything - fast index, maintained, of ALL file/folder names on ALL partitions- find-as-you-type, specification of size, date range, extensions etc etc and search syntax too. Also supports searching found text files as an extra.

    Everything has a modern GUI and is maintained.

    However, you don't want sthg broken related to explorer...
    The cortana search(my stuff) in the task bar finds all indexed files perfectly
    The problem is on the search bar within the file explorer next to address bar. Please refer to the second img. I searched the string "project" but no action takes place.
    It is not a major setback. I thought some minor registry tweak might fix the problem.

    Sorry for the inconvenience
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    31 Jul 2016 #7

    Hi, try the search troubleshooter:
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    (My Win 10 will look a bit different as I use Aeroglass and coloured backgrounds via a reg fix and Qttabbar)

    It will be interesting to verify search in Settings works.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 pro 64bit
       17 Jan 2017 #8

    I had some issues searching on a Windows 2008R2 share on the network, but i guess it also applies to local directories.

    With Windows 7 Explorer you can search for e.g. "123" (without quotes) and you will find a filename "8765_1234.xls" with Windows 10 i couldn´t find the same file in the same directory
    If you enter a wildcard in front of the search-string it worked.
    Searching for "*123" (without quotes) will show you the file "8765_1234.xls"
    Hope this helps
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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