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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Add or Remove Windows 7 Index Locations





Information
Windows 7 uses the index to perform very fast searches on your computer. This will show you how to add or remove folder locations to be included in the index search results.

Note
You will not be able to add removable locations to be included in the index. For example, USB flash drives or memory cards.

Warning
If you make the index too large by including the entire hard drive, or to many folders, then your searches will slow down and take longer for the search results to display. You will also find your hard drive running longer and more often in the background while the index updates itself for changes made to the included folder locations. For the best results, it is recommended that you only add folders that you search frequently to be included in the index.

Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and double click on the Indexing Options icon.

2. Click on the Modify button.

NOTE:
You will notice a quick preview of included folder locations in the index here. These are the default locations.

3. If You Don't See All Locations on Your Computer in the List

A) Click on the Show all locations button.

B) If prompted by UAC, then either click on Yes or provide the Administrator password.

4. To Add Folder Location to be Included in Index Search Results

A) Continue to click on the arrows to the right of the check box to expand the folder tree until you reach the location of the folder you want to add, and select it.

B) Check the selected folder's box.

5. To Remove Folder Location from being Included in Index Search Results

A) Continue to click on the arrows to the right of the check box to expand the folder tree until you reach the location of the folder you want to remove, and select it.

B) Uncheck the selected folder's box.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have finished adding or removing folder locations to be included in the index.

7. When finished, click on OK.

8. Click on the Close button.  


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