If you enable the advanced search mode in Windows 10, you can find files on your PC faster and easier. The standard Windows search mode limits the search to important folders and libraries such as your desktop, documents, and pictures.

But what if the file you are looking for is safely hidden somewhere on your PC that you cannot remember? This is where advanced search comes in. Advanced search is a handy tool that can help you find any file on your PC. This article will teach you more about advanced search and how to use it in Windows 10.

What is Advanced Search Mode in Windows 10?

Windows 10 offers several search settings you can use to find files, apps, and settings. For example, if you go to your Microsoft account settings (Win + me), do you see the Find a setting Search bar. This allows you to search for various settings such as system, devices, phone, network and internet, as well as personalization, among other things.

Windows 10 settings Search for a setting

Advanced Search is another search option in Windows 10. As the name suggests, Advanced Search improves your local search capabilities by allowing you to search your entire PC right from the Windows search box, without the need for third-party apps or tools. Enabling advanced search will greatly improve your search success rate.

The Windows standard search mode, on the other hand, excludes certain storage locations on your PC or drives from the search. Although it provides faster results than advanced search, the search scope is limited.

What you need to know before enabling advanced search mode in Windows 10

There are a few things to keep in mind when enabling advanced search mode in Windows 10. For example, if you're using a laptop, you'll need to plug it in to start the initial crawling and indexing of your data. This is because the process can take a while and Windows will use a lot of power during the initial setup when there is intense CPU activity.

While you can still use your PC while this is running in the background, it can delay the indexing process. Therefore, it is best if you follow these steps during downtime or if you plan to not use your PC for a short period of time.

How to enable advanced search mode in Windows 10

Here's how to enable advanced search mode in Windows 10 so that you can find everything you're looking for on your PC.

1. Start by opening the Settings app. To do this, press the Windows key or click the Windows Start menu.

2. From the Start menu options, click either settings or PC settings. Alternatively, press Win + me to go to the settings page for your Microsoft account.

3. Click here seek.

4. You are brought to the Permissions and history Page. By default, Windows Search searches the web, apps, settings, and files to bring you relevant results. You can change this for more precise and faster searches. To do this, click on Search Windows in the left side area.

5. Under Indexing Status, you can see the number of items indexed and items pending. Below it is Find my files the settings. By default, this is set to Classic, which will only search your libraries and desktop, as well as other custom search locations. To activate the advanced search, choose Extended.

Advanced Search Click Advanced

Congratulations, you've just turned on advanced search mode in Windows 10. This will cause your PC to start indexing all of the files, folders, and drives in the system.

Improved search indexing status

How to manage advanced search mode in Windows 10

You can manage your advanced search settings in Windows 10. For example, you can add folders to exclude from advanced search. When you do this, Advanced Search bypasses all files in the blacklisted folders and drives. You can undo this by removing them from excluded folders.

In the settings you can also change the indexer performance and enable the indexer settings for the advanced search. This will improve the crawling and indexing of your information through the activated search.

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By default, the advanced search ignores or excludes certain folders / locations. This is done to speed up indexing and to prioritize energy and system resource management.

Advanced Search Excluded Folders

However, you can change the settings for excluded folders at any time. To do this, press Win + I> Search> Search Windows. Go down to in the right pane Excluded folders. Now click either on the plus sign or Add an excluded folder.

Advanced search Add excluded folder

Select the folder and click Select folder. The selected folder will be added to your excluded folders immediately. Although this will make indexing faster, make your search faster, and use less power and system resources, you may not be able to find what you are looking for if it is in the excluded folders.

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How to remove excluded folders in advanced search mode

If you want to remove a folder from excluded folders, do the following. Press Win + I> Search> Search Windows. Scroll down to the Excluded Folders section and click the folder that you want to remove. Now click on Remove excluded folder Button.

Advanced search Remove excluded folder

The folder is removed immediately. Removing folders from excluded folders slows down indexing in advanced search. It also uses more power and system resources, but on the plus side, your searches will get more accurate.

Indexer performance

If you would like advanced search to include your current power settings when indexing, click Indexer performance Toggle button.

Improved search enables indexer performance

You can always turn this off if you want.

Indexer settings for advanced search

You can use the advanced search indexer settings to further refine how and where you want Windows to search. To do this, click on Indexer settings for advanced search.

Advanced Search Advanced index search settings

Now select any location from the options available for indexing. click Close once indexing is complete.

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Found what you're looking for?

Search is an important activity that we are all involved in, whether you're looking for answers on Google or looking for files on your Windows 10 PC. And being able to find what you're looking for is satisfying.

Get started with advanced search in Windows 10 today and see what you can find with the advanced search features. Remember to tweak excluded folders, indexer performance, and advanced search indexer settings as needed.


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