Windows 10: How can I search my computer....is there a way on 10???

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  1.    21 Aug 2016 #21

    "The only option now is 'open file location'. Or am I missing something?"

    Yes, r-click the results, like here -

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  2.    21 Aug 2016 #22

    I'm trying to guess what you are having difficulty with - and with which search..

    So.. assuming it's File Explorer search, and assuming you mean you want to copy the path of a found result, then I think you'd need to add sthg like this to the context menu:
    Registry Tweak to Add Option in Files and Folders Context Menu in Windows - AskVG

    noting that selecting a found result then clicking in the address bar offers only the rather arcane search syntax expression e.g.
    search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20Data%20(E%3A)&crumb=fileextension%3A~<*.jpg&crumb=location:E% 3A%5C
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  3. Posts : 7
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       21 Aug 2016 #23

    Thanks, but I don't mean copy fom my computer, I meant from the search. Cortana offers me results, but the only option when I r-click on the result I need to copy is "open file location". I know I can copy or cut from the file location but I have never had to do it before. It was always possible to copy directly from the search results.

    Last edited by Merry; 21 Aug 2016 at 13:59. Reason: added screenshot
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  4.    21 Aug 2016 #24

    All you have to do is to click on start, and then start typing what you're looking for. This will autofill the Cortana Search box and it will find what you're looking for.
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       21 Aug 2016 #25

    Merry said: View Post
    Thanks, but I don't mean copy fom my computer, I meant from the search. Cortana offers me results, but the only option when I r-click on the result I need to copy is "open file location". I know I can copy or cut from the file location but I have never had to do it before. It was always possible to copy directly from the search results.
    The new UI does that a lot, but MS is changing it in some places to allow you to copy the text in the window

    Use the feedback hub App to either up-vote an existing report or create your own report.

    As other members have expressed, Cortana Search is a bit weak and has been changing over the past year. For it to be a true search, IMO, there are many more changes required.

    Unitl MS gets Cortan search right, you'll have to use File Explorer or a 3rd party search to find things on your machine.

    Until MS allows text in the new UI to be copied, we'll just have to type more
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       21 Aug 2016 #26

    I pretty much know where my files are. What I want to seach on is content, which means indexing, and it is in no way redundant. I have Windows 7 set to index all my 'folders of interest' with regards to content. It works great through Explorer. I have installed a couple of iFilters (that's what they're called - indexing filters, I guess) for various file types. I haven't set it up yet in Windows 10 - I believe it indexes only your user folder by default. One of these days I'll set it up.

    In Linux, I use a fantastic indexing search engine called Recoll. Lightning fast, accurate and inclusive, easy simple searches, helpful GUI for setting up extremely powerful searches.

    From their website:

    "Recoll will index an MS-Word document stored as an attachment to an e-mail message inside a Thunderbird folder archived in a Zip file (and more...)."

    They have been working on a Windows version, which actually might be usable by now... I'll have to check it out.

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Ultra Search is great for an MFT search tool.
    Instead of using a totally redundant Index, it uses partition and Disk MFT(your disk glossary basically) and brings up instantly all results.
    Attachment 97308

    Attachment 97309

    Results for Control Panel files & folders(notice bottom left, 428 files found)
    On my SSD the results were there as I typed, and instantaneous.
    Attachment 97310
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       21 Aug 2016 #27

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ID:	97462 There is a way. I found an answer. A year ago lx07 posted an answer and it actually worked
    "You should be able to turn off "Search online and include web results" in settings. Search for something and then click on the cog.."

    WOO HOO and thanks to every one that helped me solve this problem.....

    You all ROCK!!!!!!
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  8.    21 Aug 2016 #28

    purplelover said: View Post
    as for the search bar on the bottom task bar it does not search my computer it goes to the web to search.
    That's incorrect. The search on the taskbar searches BOTH the web and your local computer. You can tell it to search just your local computer by prefixing your search with "mystuff:". As in mystuff:fileimlookingfor, or you can click the My Stuff button after you have entered a search term.

    They appear to have changed this for the Anniversary update, and you should now prefix with "documents:" in 14393.

    And again, you can also use the file search in File Explorer to search un-indexed areas, or to JUST search files.
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       22 Aug 2016 #29

    purplelover said: View Post
    "You should be able to turn off "Search online and include web results" in settings. Search for something and then click on the cog.."
    Win10.1607 removes that setting.

    Mystere mentioned using the Documents: tag in 1607, there are more tags across the top - it's easier to figure out if you press the drop down arrow at the top (the icons also have text)
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       23 Aug 2016 #30

    I am sorry But I have No idea what you saying....
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