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    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10
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    13 Jan 2020
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    How to Add or Remove Excluded Folders 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.

    To exclude a folder from search, you can add it to the Excluded Folders list.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer for your account or all users in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Indexed Locations
    • Option Two: Add Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Settings
    • Option Three: Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Settings





    OPTION ONE

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Indexed Locations


    1. For how, see: How to Add or Remove Locations for Search Index in Windows 10

    Unchecking a subfolder of an added location will add the subfolder to the Excluded Folders list for the search indexer.

    You can click/tap on the Show all locations button to add or remove index locations for all users. You must be signed in as an administrator to use Show all locations.

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10-indexed_locations.png






    OPTION TWO

    Add Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Settings



    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 18267.

    This option gets applied to all users on the PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

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

    2. Click/tap on Searching Windows on the left side, and click/tap on Add an excluded folder on the right side under Excluded Folders. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10-add_an_excluded_folder_for_search_indexer-1.jpg

    3. Browse to and select the folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop") you want to exclude, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10-add_an_excluded_folder_for_search_indexer-2.png

    4. When you are finished adding folders to the Excluded Folders list, you can close Settings if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Settings



    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 18267.

    This option gets applied to all users on the PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

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

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

    3. Click/tap on the excluded folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop") you want to remove, and click/tap on the Remove excluded folder button.

    It may take a few moments for the folder to be removed from the Excluded Folders list.

    4. When you are finished removing folders from the Excluded Folders list, you can close Settings if you like.

    Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10-remove_excluded_folder_for_search_indexer.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 11
    Win 10
       #1

    Hi Brink,

    You can see Windows trying to move components from Control Panel to Windows Settings.
    You have a classic and enhanced mode. If I don't store my documents in my profile, would I need the enhanced mode if I want to find them?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,681
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

    MattieIT said:
    Hi Brink,

    You can see Windows trying to move components from Control Panel to Windows Settings.
    You have a classic and enhanced mode. If I don't store my documents in my profile, would I need the enhanced mode if I want to find them?

    Hello Mattie,

    Enhanced mode can help make sure everything is included in the search index, but you could also manually add the new location of your Documents folder to be included in the index.

    Add or Remove Search Index Locations in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 11
    Win 10
       #3

    Thank you.

    I installed a Insider build. Classic seems the more restrictive mode where you need to add more location if you have more locations than your profile folders. Enhanced seems like the mode where you have to exclude if you don't want to search everthing.

    If you want to have the fastest possible searches, you can better use classic and add other locations than using enhanced mode and exclude folders that you don't want (I think you can exclude a lot of locations on a clean Windows install).

    If i'm wrong here, please correct me.
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