Search only showing files when search is filtered


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Search only showing files when search is filtered


    Hi everyone,

    I'm running a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro on an XPS 13. I was convinced that search was broken, but it turns out my files WOULD show if I provided a filter. For example:

    Hit Windows key and type "Beatles" and I would only see suggested web searches and a "best match" image.

    BUT

    Hit Windows key a and type "music:beatles" or "folder:beatles" and I'd get exactly what I wanted.

    Is this working as it should?

    Worth noting that I've given Cortana zero permissions, could that be affecting things?

    Also worth noting that the folder I'm primarily trying to search is a music folder with all the music in the "public music" folder (in order to share the folder across user accounts on the laptop).

    Thanks for any help.
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  2. pepanee's Avatar
    Posts : 1,462
    Windows 10 Professional
       #2

    "...given Cortana zero permissions..."

    I'm assuming you don't prefer Cortana? Disable Cortana (I think you get the regular Search instead) and see if it works.

    ##) Disable Cortana
    a) Search for, and open: gpedit.msc
    b) Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
    c) Disable Allow Cortana
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    pepanee said:
    "...given Cortana zero permissions..."

    I'm assuming you don't prefer Cortana? Disable Cortana (I think you get the regular Search instead) and see if it works.

    ##) Disable Cortana
    a) Search for, and open: gpedit.msc
    b) Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
    c) Disable Allow Cortana

    Thanks for the suggestion. I just tried it and then rebuilt the search index, no dice. Again, the files are clearly indexed but only found if I qualify the search (music, folder, etc). It's really bizarre.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,115
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    Hi, what you're dealing with is Cortana search, which is a mixture of web, apps, and indexed folders and files.

    You have noted you can prioritise the search with prefixes of kind - great.

    Have a look at the top of the dialogue and note the filter buttons.
    Search only showing files when search is filtered-1.png
    Search only showing files when search is filtered-2.png
    Note how selecting the documents filter button => the prefix documents:

    Search only showing files when search is filtered-3.png

    The last shows the filters from the drop-down, top right.

    Note that Cortana search
    - only searches indexed items (last I seriously tried it)
    - will not- by design- find any executable files
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