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 designated 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. You can:

• 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.

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