Why "green line" slow iExplorer searching?

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  1. Posts : 274
    windows 10 64-bit
       #1

    Why "green line" slow with File Explorer searching?


    Can't remember what I did when tweaking indexing. But now I note that when I search on iExplorer, I've got to wait a rather long time for the green line to complete its course before the search is completed. Now, I generally do use and have been using Everything for my searches, but I'd like to find out just what I did to cause the long search routine on iExplorer.
    Last edited by flycaster; 01 May 2017 at 10:48.
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  2. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, I guess you mean file explorer.

    Windows indexing is both frustrating and arcane. If you start searching with everything indexed from that point, results are fast. But for example if I point file explorer at H: and want something in an indexed folder on H:, but only that folder on the drive is indexed, guess what.. a very slow green progress bar, which takes minutes.

    So how fast you get your results depends on your starting point and what's selected to be indexed and has been indexed.

    You might think Windows would check indexed locations first. Hmm.

    My policy:
    a. Don't use Cortana for files searches (far too restricted - no reg. exp, no executables, indexed only....)
    b. Use file explorer search in limited cases (indexed folders or small folders), noting it can index file content if that's useful.
    c. Routinely use Locate32 (which I prefer to Everything).

    To get better search specification in Everything, last I looked you need the beta version. Ultrasearch and Locate32 already provide that.

    For file explorer search you need to be familiar with Advanced Query Syntax to achieve what those offer in terms of search specification.
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  3. Posts : 274
    windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, Dalchina, but I'm looking where I go within Windows 10 to reset my indexing so that I don't get that green slow progress bar as I forgot how to do it.
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  4. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Hi, rebuilding your index won't necessarily solve the green progress bar, unless your problem is that you are starting with file explorer open at a point from which all is indexed and searching from there.

    Nor will it necessarily solve it if something else is wrong.

    You could try the search indexing troubleshooter too.

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  5. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #5

    Use ms-search, explorer.exe shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}

    it'll search indexed locations only.
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  6. Posts : 274
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    Thread Starter
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    Edwin said:
    Use ms-search, explorer.exe shell:::{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}

    it'll search indexed locations only.
    Thanks Edwin, but I don't know how to apply your suggestion. Where does the bold line go?
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  7. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Did you see the Rebuild button in my post? That appears to address your concern in #3.
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  8. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #8

    flycaster said:
    Thanks Edwin, but I don't know how to apply your suggestion. Where does the bold line go?
    Try the Rebuild that @dalchina suggested.

    Then, if you want to try the ms-search:
    create a desktop shortcut using the 'bold' as the path, name it what you wish; you could change the icon if you wish, then pin it to Start or drag it to your taskbar.
    (The window will have a blueish shade to it)
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  9. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    @Edwin- thanks for that- that of course solves the problem where, say, file explorer is open at drive E: and only one folder in E: is indexed, and Windows doesn't prioritise results from indexed locations.

    (And so answers my post on that topic a while back that received no replies!) Have a bar for your *.
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  10. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #10

    dalchina said:
    @Edwin- thanks for that- that of course solves the problem where, say, file explorer is open at drive E: and only one folder in E: is indexed, and Windows doesn't prioritise results from indexed locations.

    (And so answers my post on that topic a while back that received no replies!) Have a bar for your *.
    I'll rebuild the index again and check it out.
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