Windows 10: Windows Explorer not searching docx file contents

Discus and support Windows Explorer not searching docx file contents in Cortana to solve the problem; Hi all,Recently Windows Explorer stopped finding .docx files when I search for a specific word. I know that these files contain the words that I am... Discussion in 'Cortana' started by I O'Connor, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. Windows Explorer not searching docx file contents


    Hi all,Recently Windows Explorer stopped finding .docx files when I search for a specific word. I know that these files contain the words that I am searching for, and I have tried lots of things:"Search in file contents" is enabled.docx files are set to have names and contents indexedI've tried rebuilding the indexI tested the search on other file types, and it returns results for seemingly everything except .docx filesI tried upgrading to Windows 11 to see if this would fix the issue, but it did notI would really appreciate any suggestions, as being able to search file contents is very import

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    I O'Connor, Nov 17, 2021
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  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, Nov 17, 2021
    #2
  3. Include .docx footnotes in Windows explorer search

    Windows explorer search (using the search box) doesn't find content in footnotes in .docx. It works with endnotes.

    Any way to make it work with footnotes as well?

    Or is there an alternative to Windows search which is able to do it?

    Best.
     
    Drop Shadow, Nov 17, 2021
    #3
  4. dalchina Win User

    Windows Explorer not searching docx file contents

    File Explorer won't search contents of files - Windows 10 Anniversary


    Hi, have you checked the files are actually selected in Indexing Options? I.e. the folders containing them are indexed?

    This is the clue:

    • If you're still unable to search file contents, try:

    1. Open Windows Explorer
    2. Right-click the folder you want to search, e.g. My Documents
    3. Click: Properties
    4. On the General tab, Click: Advanced
    5. On the Advanced Attributes dialog, select:

      [x] Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
    6. Click: OK
    7. Click: OK


    Personally I avoid explorer search as far as possible, and use
    Locate32
    Utrasearch does the same job, with a modern GUI, better than Everything.
    However, these don't index content.
    Locate32 adds a file content search for some types.
     
    dalchina, Nov 17, 2021
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