Almost more than 10 years ago, Microsoft introduced an enhanced feature in the Windows Vista which is called as the Instant Search. This Instant Search feature easily made finding your files and also the application faster, more relevant and easier. The essential component of the Instant Search which still exists in the Windows 10, and now the Windows 10 is the Index and Search Control Panel.
In this article we are trying to provide you the best information about how you can easily configure it, and also add some other drives and folders, and also troubleshoot it when it doesn’t work properly.
Steps to Modify, Update or Rebuild the Windows 10 Search Index
Recently, we all are using the Windows 10 search box at some point in time only to look for that digital prickle in a haystack. However, the latest version has been integrating more with the Internet, but it will also provide some more advanced and easy to manage interface which allows the users to easily filter their files by typing or even by searching for the files which are stored on the cloud services such as OneDrive.
While the Windows 10 Search is working properly, then you can easily open the start menu and simply start your typing, and then you will start to see the relevant results immediately:
If any of your files are not showing up like then, you would expect them to, and here we try to provide you with many different things that you can try for the best result. The different things are mentioned below:
Indexing Troubleshooter and Run the Search
For this, you first need to do is run the Search and also Indexing the troubleshooter only to know that it can help in fixing and what might be preventing your search results from the working.
- Click to Open Start
- Then, click on the Settings
- Now, click on the Update & Security
- Click on the Troubleshoot.
- Now, select Search and Indexing by scrolling the window
- Click on the Run the troubleshooter,
- Finally, complete the wizard and then restart your system.
Now, you need to check that your search queries work or not.
Restart the Search UI Process
The next thing you can try is to end the Search UI process in the Task Manager, then restart your computer system.
- Click together Windows key + X,
- Click on the Task Manager,
- Click on the Processes tab,
- Now, Select the Search option
- Then, click on the End task.
- Finally, restart your computer system
Now check again is search works again or not.
Rebuild the Windows 10 Search Index
Recently, the Microsoft has made some modifications in Search and Indexing works in the Windows 10. Consecutively to improve the battery life and performance of the system, the Windows 10 looks to disable the Search Index when it is not in use. Sometimes it can make it seems like your files don’t exist when you already decide to perform any quick search.
To fix this problem follow the below-given steps and also restore some of the old capabilities,
- Open Control Panel
- Launch Indexing Options
- Click on the Advanced tab
- Now, choose File types tab
- Then, in the list box, type Ink in the new extension
- Now, click on the Add tab
- Finally, click on the OK tab
Now it will automatically trigger the search and also index to rebuild the index
Add Drives to Windows 10 Search
If anyone wants to add drives to the Windows 10 search, then follow the steps given below
For example a non-system data partition or SD card or an external hard drive
You can only do this by indexing the same Options as above done. For this given steps:
Open Control Panel
Click on the Indexing Options
Now, click the Modify tab,
Then, select the drives to add or subfolders within the drive.
We suggest you don’t add everything in the drive, add only the most common locations where you are keeping some important files which you might need to reference. In any case, we will keep the files stored in the Public folder on some another partition, so here you can add this, Click on the OK tab when you added all the folders you need.