Windows 10: Problems trying to search in Quick Access

Discus and support Problems trying to search in Quick Access in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Last machine was Windows 7, where I could search all of Favorites for words that I knew were in the file I wanted. Or I'd search on name:[string],... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by enso, May 28, 2017.

  1. enso Win User

    Problems trying to search in Quick Access


    Last machine was Windows 7, where I could search all of Favorites for words that I knew were in the file I wanted. Or I'd search on name:[string], where [string] is part of the filename. Worked great.

    I can't get a search in Quick Access to find anything, unless I first select one folder. I want to be able to search multiple folders, just like Favorites would.

    Another thing I like to get back, if possible, is the drop down in the search field that would show the available parameters one can search on -- name, datemodified, etc., etc.

    :)
     

  2. Win10 Explorer search not finding existing file

    * Try restarting the Windows Search service.

    * Try navigating to the folder's actual location and then searching in it, instead of searching in the folder pinned to Quick access.
     
    RobertJWin, May 28, 2017
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  3. brobby Win User
    windows 10 file explorer left folder window keeps jumping to the middle

    yes, i'd like all my file searches to act the same, starting at quick access. (quick access, after all, implies that it's a tool for quick access)

    is there a global setting for this type of behavior?
     
    brobby, May 28, 2017
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  4. dalchina New Member

    Problems trying to search in Quick Access

    .

    Hi, there are two basic ways to start a search in Windows:
    1. The Cortana search bar which may be present on the task bar or via Windows key + S, for example.
    2. The familiar search field in file explorer.

    These behave differently, but both relay on Windows indexing.

    The Cortana search box is much more restricted and will not allow any means of specifying a search as you wish.
    As far as searching for files is concerned, it will only return results for indexed files. It will not find executable files of any type.

    You might be able to specify your search verbally:
    In file explorer you can specify your search thus:
    Use the Search Contextual tab in Windows 10 to efficiently find files - TechRepublic
    or
    use Advanced Query Syntax to specify your search in detail. Frankly, this is cumbersome and akin to using a command prompt.
    E.g.
    How to Search for Files from a Certain Date Range in Windows 8 and 10
    And see:
    How to search for files in Windows 10

    However, where the search extends to non-indexed areas, you will face the dreaded green progress bar.

    A far better way is to use a free indexing search tool such as
    Ultrasearch
    Locate32 (which I like)
    Everything by void tools - use the beta version with extra search specification capability.

    These are
    - comprehensive
    - easy to use
    - allow search specification using their GUI
    - instant (find as you type).

    And if you want a really good search as part of your start menu, and a familiar and far more convenient, flexible, configurable start menu, use Classic Shell (free). It supports drag 'n drop, unlike Win 10's, properly expresses a hierarchical menu using nested folders (Win 10's fails badly).
     
    dalchina, May 28, 2017
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