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Windows 7: Exclude Folder from Indexing

02 Aug 2010   #1

windows 7 x64
Exclude Folder from Indexing

Hi Everyone,

I have a simple request: to be able to exclude a folder (completely) from windows 7 indexing. That means, when I type something in the start menu, I don't even want file names to come up. It seems as far as I can get is having file content not be indexed, but file properties, including file names, are always indexed. I'd like to not have to disable indexing all together because it's very useful, but doesn't seem like it should be impossible to totally exclude a folder.

I'm a teacher, and I have lots of students work on my computer that they submit electronically, but I teach many technical tutorials with a projector, and it seems not good form to have students work show up when I have to search for projects to show for examples.

Most of all, it seems like this should not be too much to ask. Surely there is some registry work around now? any thoughts?

I'm using Windows 7 x64.

Thanks everyone!


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02 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Ted, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use step 5 in the tutorial below to help show you how to remove a folder from the index locations.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,
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02 Aug 2010   #3

windows 7 x64

Thanks for the quick reply. My problem is actually that when I follow those steps to remove a folder, new files I add to it continue to show up in the search results. I have tried rebuilding the index, but that shouldn't affect new files created anyway, right?

Also, one of the folders I've attempted to remove from the index is the "Downloads" folder so I don't see old files I've moved to other places. That folder in particular continues to show results even though its been removed from the index. Is it possible that that folder, because it was created by the OS is not possible to remove even though its been added to the "Exclude" list?

Thanks again, Shawn!
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02 Aug 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You might also check your Search Options to make sure that you do not have the "Do not use index...." option checked.

If it's one of the user folders, then double check to make sure that it's library folder it is not included in the index since they are linked to each other.
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