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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
 
Windows XP Explorer Search: Using the "A word or phrase in the file" search criterion may not work

SYMPTOMS
When you search for files that contain text by using the A word or phrase in the file search criterion, the search results may not contain files that contain the text that you specified. For example, .log, .dll, .js, .asp, .xml, .xsl, .hta, .css, .wsh, .cpp, .c, or .h files, or files with no file name extension, may not appear in the search results even if the files contain the text that you specified. This problem may occur even if you specified the file name or type in the All or part of the file name box. "

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"To configure Windows XP to search all files no matter what the file type, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP and then turn on the Index file types with unknown extensions option.

If you use this method, Windows XP searches all file types for the text that you specify. This can affect the performance of the search functionality. To do this:
1. Click Start, and then click Search (or point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders).
2. Click Change preferences, and then click With Indexing Service (for faster local searches).
3. Click Change Indexing Service Settings (Advanced). Note that you do not have to turn on the Index service.
4. On the toolbar, click Show/Hide Console Tree.
5. In the left pane, right-click Indexing Service on Local Machine, and then click Properties.
6. On the Generation tab, click to select the Index files with unknown extensions check box, and then click OK.
7. Close the Indexing Service console."

 
How can I disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP?
John Savill's FAQ for Windows:
A. Windows Explorer contains a new search assistant that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. The new search tool lets you search for specific file types (e.g., multimedia files, document files), computers, and more. If you prefer the old search tool, perform the following steps:
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