File Explorer won't search contents of files - Windows 10 Anniversary

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    Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    File Explorer won't search contents of files - Windows 10 Anniversary


    I just downloaded the Windows 10 Anniversary update. I started to use my computer how I normally would and a frequent thing that I do is go through my downloads and search for content within word documents. I tried to do that now and it won't search for contents within the word docs which puts me at a huge disadvantage. The search for contents button is selected in file explorer so I'm unsure as to what the problem is. Please help

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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, have you checked the files are actually selected in Indexing Options? I.e. the folders containing them are indexed?

    This is the clue:

    • If you're still unable to search file contents, try:

    1. Open Windows Explorer
    2. Right-click the folder you want to search, e.g. My Documents
    3. Click: Properties
    4. On the General tab, Click: Advanced
    5. On the Advanced Attributes dialog, select:

      [x] Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
    6. Click: OK
    7. Click: OK

    Personally I avoid explorer search as far as possible, and use
    Utrasearch does the same job, with a modern GUI, better than Everything.
    However, these don't index content.
    Locate32 adds a file content search for some types.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,061
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, I have just worked through a solution for this to do with ifilters if still interested, having worked out what seems to be happening.
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