Windows 10: File content search not working

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  1. File content search not working


    Hello, file content search is not working, I have many MS Word documents, all of them have unique code in it, trying to find files using that code, but it is not working anymore, that started like 1 week ago. System is Windows 10, 21H2. Tried rebuilding search indexing, but it didn't help. Hoping to get answers.Thanks in advance.

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    LevaniKikinashvili, May 20, 2022
    #1

  2. Search Content of MHT files

    Hi David,

    Most probably, this is a problem with the search and indexing of your Windows 10 computer. For us to provide the best resolution possible, we would like to clarify the following:

    • Are you trying to search the content of MHT files using Cortana?
    • Have you tried searching it using the File Explorer?
    • Are you using a third-party app to search for the content of MHT files?

    As an initial troubleshooting step, we suggest that you run the troubleshooter for search and indexing. To run the Search and Indexing troubleshooter, follow these steps:

    • Click the Start button and select the Settings
      icon.
    • Choose Update & Security from the list.
    • Click Troubleshoot in the left pane of the window.
    • Under Find and fix other problems.
    • Select Search and Indexing and click Run the troubleshooter.

    We'll keep an eye out for your response.
     
    Gerard Qui, May 20, 2022
    #2
  3. Search contents of files with dynamic extensions

    Hello,

    Let me preface this by saying that I do not have administrator rights to the machine I'm asking about. I will need to get IT Support to actually fix this for me, but they sort of looked at me with their eyes glazed over when I tried to explain it to them. So, I figured I'd see if anyone here can give me some step-by-step instructions that I can provide to the folks with the password so that we can get this working.

    We have systems that pass information back and forth via xml. Periodically, I have to find a certain file, and the information that I have is never part of the file name. The folders in question have "Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" checked, and the files within the folders have "Allow this file to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" checked. The folders are on a network share, and System has Full Control.

    When I search for something that I know is in the contents of a file, nothing is found. I believe this has to do with the way windows searches various file types. I know that this is configurable in the Indexing Options (which I don't have access to), but here is the part I don't know how to handle.

    When the systems exchange the xml files, they append a number to it. Unfortunately, it's appended to the file extension. Here's an example of what the files look like in one of the folders:



    File content search not working [​IMG]


    (hopefully that image is bigger in the post than it is in the compose window. can't figure out how to resize it.)

    The file extensions are things like:

    XML_4501316
    XML_4504951
    XML_4624566

    It would be impossible to add every file extension to the Indexing Options list. So, my question is, does anyone know a way that Windows 10 can be configured so that I can search the contents of these files? And can it be done in one fell swoop by the IT Support group such that it works after that? (i.e. a solution that requires me to change a setting before I search every time won't work.)

    If it matters; Win10Pro, 64 bit (I think they're all 64, but just in case).

    Thanks to anyone who has a suggestion. I would love a solution that doesn't require me to open hundreds of files to ctrl + f in them.

    Mike
     
    mikelee101, May 20, 2022
    #3
  4. File content search not working

    Windows 10 search is not searching for file contents in OneDrive folder

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    We understand your concern as Windows 10 search is not searching for file contents in OneDrive folder.



    In this scenario, we would suggest you to perform these steps and check Windows 10 search is able to search the file in OneDrive folder.

    1. Press Windows + I key to launch
      Windows Settings
      .
    2. Select Cortana and click
      Permissions & History
      from the left pane.
    3. Toggle the Windows Cloud Search switch to
      On, which present under Cloud Search.
    4. Restart the page and then initiate Windows Search.


    However, we do have a dedicated support team for OneDrive related queries, you can get in touch with them for further assistance. Follow the below steps to contact the OneDrive support team.



    Sign in to OneDrive.com from any browser, click the ‘?’ help icon on the top banner of the page and select
    Email OneDrive support. Submit your question and follow the prompts to request support.



    Regards,



    Aditya Roy

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Aditya_Roy, May 20, 2022
    #4
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