It may be frustrating when you need to quickly search for a file, but the Windows Search feature included with Windows 10 does not help you find it. This is because of Windows Search indexes only specific locations on the hard drive. Microsoft is aware of this problem and has added significant improvements to this search feature to correct any errors and make them usable. The May 2019 update comes with the name “Enhanced Search”. It makes the search much faster by indexing more sites. Here’s how this mode works and how it works if you recently upgraded to the new version of Windows 10.
First: What is Enhanced Search mode in Windows 10?
By default, when you need to search for something in Windows 10 through the Windows Search bar on the taskbar, it is only searched within predefined locations from Microsoft where the content is automatically indexed; these sites are desktop and library folders (folder images, videos, Documents, music). So if you’re looking for a file in Partition D or E, you can not find it as if it was not already on the hard drive. Enhanced Search mode will repair it, which will build a database containing all the files and folders whatever their location on the hard drive and the results will appear to you immediately. But keep in mind that if you enable this mode, you’ll notice an increase in battery and processor power consumption, but this should not be a problem for desktop users.
Second: How to activate Enhanced Search mode in Windows 10?
Enabling the Enhanced Search mode takes only a few clicks. You need just to go to the Settings app by clicking the Win + I key together on the keyboard. Then to the Search section and then to the Searching Windows page from the side menu. On the right-hand side, scroll down to find the Find My Files pane, which is the default for Windows search – and Enhanced mode, which will activate it.
After this mode is activated, the indexing of data stored on the hard drive will begin. So the time spent in this process depends on how much data you have. If you have a large number of files, so do not be surprised if the process takes longer. Of course, it is recommended to connect the laptop to the charger or at least make sure that the battery power is not low. You do not want the battery to run out during indexing and the entire operation fails. You should also know that this indexing function works as a high priority process. So it will consume a large capacity of your hardware resources (hard drive, processor, RAM). This means that a simple attenuation effect should be observed.
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The Indexing Status section on the Searching Windows page provides statistics related to the indexing task and displays information such as the number of indexed and pending files. When the process is complete, you’ll see an “Indexing complete” message just below this section.
Windows 10 also lets you specify specific folders that you want to exclude from indexing. This way, files that are stored in these folders will never appear in search results. Just click the Add an excluded folder option at the bottom of the Excluded Folders section, and then select the files you want to remove or exclude.
Of course, after activating enhanced search mode we tested the search feature in Windows 10. There is already a marked improvement. Results are actually more accurate and are provided much faster than any previous version of Windows. So you no longer need the search bar in the File Explorer tool, which takes a lot of time to search for files. We will conclude that this mode is efficient and practical. It will affect the battery if you use a laptop, but it will save you time.