Chapter 6: Mastering Windows Explorer and Searching Your Computer
Indexing Your Computer for Faster Searches
In addition to performing searches, the Windows Search service is also responsible
for indexing your computer. You tell the Windows Search service about locations
that should be indexed by designating them as searched locations. Once you’ve des-
ignated a folder as an indexed location, the Windows Search service is notified that it
needs to update the related index whenever you modify the contents of the folder.
You can manage the indexing of your computer’s files and folders in several ways.
• Add or remove indexed locations.
• Specify file types to include or exclude.
• Optimize file properties for indexing.
• Rebuild indexes if you suspect problems.
The sections that follow discuss these indexing options.
Adding or Removing Indexed Locations
The Windows Search services indexes the following locations by default:
Microsoft Office Outlook
This means that if you installed Microsoft Office Outlook, your mail saved on
your computer will be indexed for fast searching.
This means that if you configured offline files, as discussed in Chapter 11, all
offline file folders will be indexed for fast searching.
Figure 6-26. Saving the search parameters as a search folder