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How to Add or Remove Locations for Search Index in Windows 10

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By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy. By default, the indexing speed is reduced due to user activity. If the computer is running idle, then the indexing speed will go back to full speed to finish indexing faster.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove locations to be included in the search index in Windows 10.

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If you select removable media (ex: USB flash drive) to be included in the index, it will only be included while the removable media is connected. If you disconnect the removable media, it will automatically be included in the index the next time it is reconnected.

Here's How:

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Indexing Options icon, and close the Control Panel.

2. Click/tap on the Modify button. (see screenshot below)
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You can see a list of your currently added locations under Included Locations.

These are the default locations in the screenshot below.

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3. Check (add) or uncheck (remove) the locations you want to be indexed, and click/tap on OK when finished. (see screenshots below)
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If you are signed in as an administrator, then you could also click/tap on the Show all locations button to see all available locations.

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4. If the index doesn't automatically start rebuilding, then you should manually rebuild the index to update it. (see screenshots below)

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5. You can now close Indexing Options if you like.

That's it,