Windows 10: Windows File Indexing - current progress

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  1.    20 Nov 2016 #1

    Windows File Indexing - current progress

    I wanted to include the contents of .tpl files in searches so I made the appropriate changes in Indexing Options and also chose to Delete and rebuild index which will apparantly take a long time. But how do I know when it is complete or what progress has been made so far?

    When I re-open Indexing options it says 'Indexing complete' but I have thousands of .tpl files so I know this can't be true and it is still not possible to search their content.

    Is there some kind of progress status somewhere?

    Many thanks for any insights!
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  2.    20 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi, the only progress indicator I know of is Indexing Options.
    Have you checked to see if tpl types are indexed as here?
    And I assume
    appropriate changes
    means you have selected the folders where these files reside.
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    If you find explorer search inconvenient, we thoroughly recommend the free very fast tools
    Everything by Void Tools

    These build and maintain an index of files and folders on all disks/partitions, and search is find-as-you-type with various levels of filtering or restriction. They do not index content.
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  3.    20 Nov 2016 #3

    Thanks but done all that and .tpl did exist in the link so changed it to Plain Text Filter.

    But even without this new file type if I click 'Advanced' and then select 'Rebuild' I get a warning message that 'Rebuilding the index may take a long time to complete'. I click OK anyway and it still says 'Indexing complete' but cannot find text strings in the .tpl.

    I've done this before and sometime the next day it starts working. I was just wondering if there was a way to see progress and no when the re-index is complete ....
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  4.    20 Nov 2016 #4

    If you watch Indexing Options after specifying sthg new to index you will see activity when indexing, and indication of how many items are indexed. That's your progress indicator. Complete is complete.

    Now you mention
    cannot find text strings in the .tpl.
    1. Can you find the files?
    2. If so, have you checked this for the folder(s) containing your files?
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    After that, I'm wondering if its content isn't being indexed because Windows does not recognise it as of kind text. Perhaps you need to assign it as such.
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  5.    20 Nov 2016 #5

    The .tpl bit in here is probably a red herring at the moment. I'll try it another way:

    - I go to Indexing Options in the control panel
    - I click 'Advanced'
    - By 'Delete and rebuild index' I click Rebuild
    - I get a warning that this could take some time but I click OK
    - I close everything and then return to Indexing Options again
    - It say indexing is complete

    One of my indexing locations is my F drive - a hard drive with 68GB of files on including .docs, etc. Apparently Windows 10 has rebuilt the entire index within 10 seconds? I just think that can't be true ....
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  6.    21 Nov 2016 #6

    Screenshots help enormously. Could you please post one like this? (And yes, that's my '10 not '7).
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    It takes a minute or two to rebuild that index.

    As to whether your index is effective, I'll ask again, can you actually find any files (names, not content) that should be indexed?

    Now, and not immediately directly relevant to your issue, what I have found that despite everything being set up to index content of rtf files, taking and example of a folder and files which should be so indexed, whatever I do, rtf's content isn't indexed. (txt files are). I don't use Windows search content indexing normally, and use other tools as I mentioned. I find that very puzzling.

    (I used to use Google desktop search which does work - I recently set that up again- the only one I know of that supports OCR'g and indexing e.g. image base pdf's).
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  7.    21 Nov 2016 #7

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    Thanks for you time on this - I've uploaded the screenshot.

    Searches work fine so perhaps re-indexing is a whole lot faster than I thought.

    Re .tpl files Windows 10 doesn't seem to be able to read the contents while Windows 8 could so perhaps just a glitch in this version.

    Thanks for the pointer to UltraSearch - I've downloaded that and it can do the job with .tpls ... unless my screenshot brings on any revelations ... :)
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  8.    21 Nov 2016 #8

    Search indexing backs off if your PC is even slightly busy. If everything's fast, indexing should be fairly quick, depending on how many items and how much content indexing there is to do, as you'd expect. I can see mine progress in stages- just 12,000 or whatever it was.

    Having noted rtf's aren't being indexed (as they should) - and I've not checked other file types- it's quite possible your tpl files aren't being indexed.

    The registry contains this:
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    I even tried changing that to text as per txt files which are indexed, restarting and rebuilding- no difference.
    Windows also allocates file types to a 'kind' as per the document below. For example, two video file types - divx and flv- are not by default designated as of kind video, but can be so set manually so their thumbnails appear.

    I'm wondering as above if that is relevant (I've now shown it's not- doxcx, rtf, pdf and txt are all of kind documents, but the 1st 3 aren't indexed by content), or there's simply a bug in Windows search- which, as I said, really isn't worth the effort of trying to use beyond the trivial.

    Windows search has too many quirks and oddities to be reliable for all uses- it's useful for fairly trivial searches, and to support start menu and settings searches. But you can use more complicated syntax.. if you can recall it on the odd occasion it's needed.

    E.g. Maybe

    ?x*.* NOT yx*.* kind:video foldername:Videos\Myfamily date:last week

    (If I've got that right, which is very unlikely). Yes, well. I rest my case.
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)
    Last edited by dalchina; 21 Nov 2016 at 08:18.
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  9. Alan Russell's Avatar
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       21 Nov 2016 #9

    .docx and .pdf file are indexed with the correct filter. I can't tell you about .rtf files, I don't use them often enough.

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  10.    21 Nov 2016 #10

    Thanks- I have a pdf filter listed- I'm guessing it simply doesn't work. I'm going to try changing my pdf defaults.
    rtf - I've tried Wordpad and WPS (Kingsoft) as default- neither work.

    As for docx, I use WPS (Kingsoft) - but now I've checked that, there's no filter for that, so that explains that.

    For me it's no more than curiosity- Windows search is problematical, so I only use it minimally.
    Last edited by dalchina; 21 Nov 2016 at 12:37.
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