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Search Options - Change or Restore

How to Change or Restore Default Search Options in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
06 Nov 2009
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How to Change or Restore Default Search Options in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This will show you how to change or restore the default Search Options for the What to search, How to search, and When searching non-indexed locations settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8.





Search Options - Change or Restore OPTION ONE Search Options - Change or Restore
To Change or Restore Default Search Options in Folder Options
1. Open Folder Options in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Search tab. (see screenshots below)
Search Options - Change or Restore-search_options.jpg Search Options - Change or Restore-search_folder_options.jpg
2. To Restore the Default Search Options
A) Click/tap on the Restore Defaults button, and click/tap on OK.
3. To Change the Search Options
A) Select or unselect the options for how you want to have your searches done in Explorer, and click/tap on OK when finished.



Search Options - Change or Restore OPTION TWO Search Options - Change or Restore
To Manually Change Search Options in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. To Change the "What to search" Options
A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Search\PrimaryProperties\UnindexedLocations
Search Options - Change or Restore-reg-2.jpg
B) In the right pane of Preferences, double click/tap on the SearchOnly DWORD, then do step 3C or 3D below (see screenshot above)

C) Type 1 and click/tap on OK, if you wanted to select: In indexed locations, serach file names and contents. In non-indexed locations, search file names only. (see screenshot below step 3D)

D) Type 0 (zero) and click/tap on OK, if you wanted to select: Always search file names and contents. (see screenshot below)
Search Options - Change or Restore-modify.jpg
4. To Change "How to search" and "When searching non-indexed locations" Options
A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Search\Preferences
Search Options - Change or Restore-reg-1.jpg
B) In the right pane of Preferences, double click on the name of the DWORD in the table below for what "How to search" option you would like to change. (see screenshot above)

DWORD Name Option
SearchSubFolders Include subfolders in search results when searching in file folders
AutoWildCard Find partial matches
EnableNaturalQuerySyntax User Natural language search
WholeFileSystem Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files
  
SystemFolders Include system directories
ArchivedFiles Include compressed files

C) To Uncheck (turn off) the option, type 0 (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 3D)


D) To Check (turn on) the option, type 1, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 3D)
5. When finished, close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn


06 Nov 2009   #1
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you Brink!

zx81


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06 Nov 2009   #2
Boras

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Thanks
Just found the solution for my problem and never think of that place to look for.
You are a diligent genius, Brink! +rep
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06 Nov 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

You're welcome zx81 and Boras.
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19 Mar 2010   #4
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

how can I use the start menu to search for favories like I had in vista?
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19 Mar 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello Carmine,

I use these settings below for a full non-indexed search that may help.

See also: Search in Windows 7

Search Options - Change or Restore-folder-options.jpg

Hope this helps some,
Shawn


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19 Mar 2010   #6
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

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

I use these settings below for a full non-indexed search that may help.

See also: Search in Windows 7

Attachment 61781

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

tried it...not working yet, i'll reboot

still nothing. few more days to figure it out then back to amazon it goes. thanks Shawn
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19 Jan 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Tutorial updated to add OPTION TWO for how to manually change your search options in registry editor.
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