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Windows 7: Indexing Options

Windows 7 Indexing Options

At the Windows 7 Indexing Options screen, you can configure what sections of your hard drive will be indexed or not. Indexing the files on your computer enables Windows to perform very fast searches on the locations where the files have been indexed.

Although it would seem logical to index the entire hard drive, Microsoft recommends that only folders that are searched frequently be indexed, otherwise routine searches will become slowed.

Items are easily included in indexes by including folders in libraries. When that is done, the contents of those folders are automatically indexed.

You can also add indexing locations by clicking on the Modify button in the indexing Options screen. This opens another screen, Indexed Locations, where you can now change the locations that you want indexed. 

The Advanced tab gives users the choice of indexing encrypted files, and treating similar words with diacritics as different words.

The Troubleshooting option allows you to delete and rebuild the index, while the Index Location option enables you to change the location of the index.

Users of Windows Server 2008 R2 are advised to install the File Services role on their computers which will then make all search and indexing options available. This is done from the Server Manager console.


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