I loved this dog. I got him in 2001 with my first Windows XP Computer. He got a little slower as the years went by, but everyone does. He was loyal and always found what I wanted him to find.
Then Windows 7 came out.
Now, when I went to search, I can’t find anything.
How do you use Windows 7 Search?
To speed things up, Windows 7 uses Search Indexes. If its not in a search index, it does not show up in the results. When you installed DropBoxGoogle DriveOneDriveBox on the root of the C Drive it does not get included in Windows Search.
So to make sure the search works, you need to make sure its properly configured.
Start –> Control Panel –> Indexing Options
If a folder of documents is not in there, you need need to add it. If you add something to a Library in Windows 7, it will automatically get added here.
Can you do this with a Networked Drive? This article is about search on your own PC, not a server. You can get search to work across network drives, however, it is kind of difficult to setup and is not reliable. I would also recommend taking a look at NetDocuments or Worldox if you want professional search capabilities for your company.
How do you search?
Win + F
Use also have the option of using the following:
Don’t go to Windows 8
Why am I writing about Windows 7 Search, when Windows 8 has been out for over a year? I don’t plan on using Windows 8 so I can’t speak intelligently about it. Here is what David Pogue has to say:
And you know what makes it [Windows 8] worse? There’s no way to search your entire computer at once, as the Mac or Windows 7 does. You must search for either programs, or settings, or files. You can’t search all three categories at once.