Windows 10: Win10 Explorer search has that slow green bar

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64bit Pro
       21 Jan 2017 #1

    Win10 Explorer search has that slow green bar

    I use the WindowsKey-E to bring up File Explorer (FE). I want to search for something in indexed locations. FE comes up with "This PC" in the "where to search" bar. That's fine... that's what I want. When I type something in, I get the slow green bar coming across. I don't know what it is searching .... all I want is an index search. By the way, the same thing happens on my Win10 laptop. Is there some way to get instantaneous results?
    I can use the search at the lower left of the windows desktop. It is quick, but I get an abbreviated list. I have gone so far as to buy Lookeen search ... and it works pretty well. But doggone it, I ought to be able to get Windows to cough up its index results quickly and comprehensively. Thanks, Dave
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  2.    22 Jan 2017 #2

    Can post a picture of the issue?
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    Posts : 8,570
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       22 Jan 2017 #3

    @prairie, Welcome to TenForums!

    There are two places where you can change File Explorer's search options, too many options turned on may be slowing the search and causing the slow progress of the green progress bar. The first is covered in this Tutorial.

    File Explorer Options - Open in Windows 10

    The second is the 'Advanced options' on the 'Search' ribbon, click in File Explorer's 'Search this PC' box to show this ribbon.

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  4.    22 Jan 2017 #4

    How fast you get your results from Windows search depends on the scope of your search, and on how much of that scope is specified to be indexed (see Indexing Options in the Control Panel) and how much of that has actually been indexed when you search.

    It also depends on whether what your searching has content indexing enabled (that includes text files and meta data- tags) and whether that's already been indexed or not.

    If you open a particular folder with file explorer, then search, you will search within that folder.
    a. If the folder has not been indexed, but is small, the green bar will progress relatively quickly.
    b. If it has been indexed, fast.

    I've not attempted comparisons for speed of non-indexed search if you use additional restrictive parameters e.g. size, date...
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)

    For REALLY quick results across ALL your disks/partitions as in 'find as you type', use one of these free tools:
    Ultrasearch (maintained, optional further search for file content)
    Locate 32 (older, good GUI options, optional further search for file content) - my preference
    Everything (no optional further search for file content, need to use a beta to get further GUI options, adds a service) - best known and used by many here.

    One big advantage is these support GUI options to specify your search, whereas doing the same in Windows search requires convoluted syntax. (See link).
    Last edited by dalchina; 22 Jan 2017 at 12:33.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64bit Pro
    Thread Starter
       23 Jan 2017 #5

    Thanks for all the replies. I don't see anything in my settings that should be changed. So in looking at the alternative products suggested, I think "Everything" fits the bill. So thanks for the suggestions and help. Regards, Dave
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