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Windows 7: Searching for files in Explorer

19 May 2014   #1
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 
Searching for files in Explorer

While I like Google Desktop often I need to find files by name. I don't think that's possible with Google Desktop (is it? I've tried to find search terms but apart from filetype: I don't find any). Anyway, if I go to DOS in a particular directory and type: dir filename, it comes back instantly. if I go to Gmail and click on the attachment icon and get a Find File dialog box, it also works instantly.

But I go to Explorer and type the name in the search box at the top in the same directory, it takes quite a long time, 10-30x as slow.

Is there something I'm doing wrong?

RON


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19 May 2014   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you do a search, if its not indexed a row will appear stating that searches might be slow in non indexed locations. Have you seen that? If you want to be able to search quickly, add it to the index.

Index - Rebuild

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Search - Have More Accurate Search Results

Windows Search - Configure and Use
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19 May 2014   #3
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RC5000 View Post
While I like Google Desktop often I need to find files by name. I don't think that's possible with Google Desktop (is it? I've tried to find search terms but apart from filetype: I don't find any). Anyway, if I go to DOS in a particular directory and type: dir filename, it comes back instantly. if I go to Gmail and click on the attachment icon and get a Find File dialog box, it also works instantly.

But I go to Explorer and type the name in the search box at the top in the same directory, it takes quite a long time, 10-30x as slow.

Is there something I'm doing wrong?

RON
I use Agent Ransack for searches and find it a better choice than the built-in search. It's free and can be downloaded from;

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

Obviously, this is a personal choice.
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19 May 2014   #4
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Appreciate the help with indexing. I am a little puzzled by it. I cannot get rid of Outlook, which I don't have. I have a K drive but it's just a backup. I have other drives but they don't appear. When I click on Show All Locations, again, only the K: drive appears. Weird, to me. And Outlook, what's that about? I mean, why is that included? I'm reindexing things. We'll see if that helps. I might also try a third party app, as, to me, Microsoft really didn't do a good job, unless I'm missing something.


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19 May 2014   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I've been using Agent Ransack/ alias File Locator Lite for years. A terrific search engine IMO. It isn't an indexed search but speed isn't an issue on a modern PC. An advantage is a corrupt index won't affect your search.
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19 May 2014   #6
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Thanks for the info on Agent Ransack. I'm going to try it out and skip what, to me, seems like a very crippled search engine (Windows).
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21 May 2014   #7
ComputerC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Post here what you think of Agent Ransack. For more detailed and personal search try getRummage.
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21 May 2014   #8
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

Everyone has their fav's ... while we're all suggesting try FileSearchEX ... or Vod Everthng.
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