How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10


Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search (Classic) to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer.

Turning on Enhanced mode for search indexer may reduce your battery life and increase CPU consumption.



Here's How:

1. Open Settings (Win+I), and click/tap on the Cortana icon.

2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 3. Turn On Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

A) Click/tap on Searching Windows on the left side. (see screenshot below)

B) Select (dot) Classic under Find My Files on the right side, and go to step 5.

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 4. Turn Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on Searching Windows on the left side. (see screenshot below)

B) Select (dot) Enhanced under Find My Files on the right side.

C) A one-time indexing process (aka: rebuild) will now begin. When the indexing is complete, youll be able to find all your files almost instantly when you use Windows Search.

It will take about 15 minutes for search to begin returning these additional files in results. If you have lots of files, it may take longer. Make sure you plug in before you start, indexing is a resource-intensive activity.

D) Go to step 5.

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5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


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