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Windows 7: Indexing Question

26 May 2015   #1

windows 7 Home Premium
Indexing Question

For a long time I have been using Copernic Desktop Search and now I am told that it is known to cause crashes. So I would like to use the search box above the start button BUT I want to set it up so that it searches only the folders in my libraries - not the entire machine. Is there a way of setting this up? Would it find individual words or just file names? Are there any teach-yourself pages around? Thanks in advance for all help.

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26 May 2015   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

You might want to try Agent Ransack in -place of Copernic.
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29 May 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (and Linux Mint)

Disable Indexing in Services, and install "Everything" instead from

Everything Search Engine

Lightning fast, and literally finds everything including hidden and system files.
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29 May 2015   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Everything is a great tool, but it only finds file names, not contents. It works about as fast as you can type in a search name.
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29 May 2015   #5

windows 7 Home Premium

I have found Agent Ransack which is very fast and searches content. One annoying factor: it's default search is the entire c: drive but it allows selection of particular folders. However, the next time you use it, it is back to its default entire c: drive. Ex. You set it to search My Documents and that's where it searches; but the next time you open it, My Documents has disappeared from the "search locations" and it's back to c:. Annoying if you have to enter 6 folders one at a time each time you search.
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30 May 2015   #6

Windows 10 Pro X64

Agent Ransack supports parameters and this one may do what you want:

-d Directory(s) to search (i.e. the Look In field), use -dw for current working directory

Change the Agent Ransack link properties and add the above then it should start with those folders always in the Look In field.

Edit: Yup, it works. I added -d C:\Users\Owner\Documents and when I start AR that is the folder it opens to search. Not sure how you add multiple folders, may separate with a comma??

Nope, use a semi-colon ; to separate folders, I.E.

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30 May 2015   #7

W7, W8.1

However, the next time you use it, it is back to its default entire c: drive
Not the case here. Check your history settings (see attachment). I use the drop down list a lot.

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