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Windows 7: Search function not working in libraries.


01 Jun 2013   #1
Surgikill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Search function not working in libraries.

Hey guys, I have a problem where my search function will not turn back any results when used in a library. I want to search my music library for songs, and when I type the search criteria into the search bar when I am in the library directory it does not turn back any results. However, if I go to the drive or the folder the search function works fine. Is this normal or am I missing something?


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01 Jun 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Surgikill,

Double check to make sure that you have the Index enabled. If it's disabled, you will not be able to do searches in libraries.

Index - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jun 2013   #3
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I had a very similar issue a while ago using Windows 8. The reason was a damaged library which I got fixed as told in this post: Solved Cannot search in Computer or in Libraries in File Explorer - Page 2.

As the libraries work the same way both in Seven and Eight I thought this might help you.

Kari
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01 Jun 2013   #4
Surgikill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Surgikill,

Double check to make sure that you have the Index enabled. If it's disabled, you will not be able to do searches in libraries.

Index - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I had a very similar issue a while ago using Windows 8. The reason was a damaged library which I got fixed as told in this post: Solved Cannot search in Computer or in Libraries in File Explorer - Page 2.

As the libraries work the same way both in Seven and Eight I thought this might help you.

Kari

Neither of these proved effective. Still having the same issue. If it helps I have save recent items set to off so if I rightclick a program on the taskbar it will only show pinned files. Don't know if that affects it in any way.
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02 Jun 2013   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Did you check all of your libraries by double clicking them to see if the library opens without an error message? All libraries, one by one.
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02 Jun 2013   #6
Surgikill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes and the search function is not usable in any of the libraries either.
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02 Jun 2013   #7
Surgikill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Alright this is weird. Now the Search function works in Music and Documents but not pictures. I didn't do anything except set the library optimized to music. Also I can't change the icon of the library.
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02 Jun 2013   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test, change the folder template of the other libraries to another one, apply, then change back to what you like to see if the search will work for them as well afterwards.

The tutorial below can help show you how to change the icon of a library.

Libraries Icons - Change
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02 Jun 2013   #9
Surgikill

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I figured out how to change the icon. And switching it back and forth is no dice.
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02 Jun 2013   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hmm, ok.

Check to see if the libraries are still added to the index.
Index Locations - Add or Remove
Next, rebuild the index to see if you are able to search them when it finishes.
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