Add or Remove Locations for Search Index in Windows

Add or Remove Locations for Search Index in Windows

The search feature in Windows 10 has evolved into a versatile tool over the years. Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to find files, with a handy always-active search bar right next to the start menu. By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. If you want to customize which file types are indexed or change what locations you want indexed, you have to access the Indexing Options. By default, only your personal files are indexed. But if you may want to index your entire drive. This article will show you how to add or remove locations to be included in the search index in Windows 10.

Choose the location of search index in Windows 10

To index specific files, type “indexing” in the Windows 10 search or open the classic Control Panel and open the Indexing Options item

indexing options

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Indexing Options

control panel

To add a location to the index, click on the Modify button.

indexing options - modify

Check (add) or uncheck (remove) the locations you want to be indexed. (for example choose USB flash drive or HDD) and click OK when finished.

Select index location

Finally, If the index doesn’t automatically start rebuilding, then you should manually rebuild the index to update it.

item indexed

That’s all.

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