How to: Add specific/custom folders to Windows index (So that contents will come up in search results in Start Menu)

1 Bring up the “Indexing Options”

1.1 Method 1

1.1.1 Click on Start button to bring up Windows Start menu

Start button
Start button

1.1.2 Type index

Type index
Type index

We will find “Index Options”

1.2 Method 2

1.2.1 Use Win + R key combination to bring up Run window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

1.2.2 Type control then hit Enter key, Control Panel will appear

Windows 10 Control Panel
Windows 10 Control Panel

1.2.3 Click on “Large icons”

Large icons
Large icons

1.2.4 Click on “Index Options”

Index Options
Index Options

1.3 Method 3

1.3.1 Use Win + R key combination to bring up Run window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

1.3.2 Type one of following commands then hit Enter key

control.exe srchadmin.dll
 
control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
 
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll

2 Add the desired folder to Windows Index

2.1 Click on “Modify” button

Windows 10 Index Options
Windows 10 Index Options

2.2 Check the desired folders, so that they will be indexed. You can select folders from other drives as well, e.g. D, E, F drive

Windows 10 Indexed Locations
Windows 10 Indexed Locations

(If we can’t find what we want to add to index, we can click on “Show all locations” to show more locations)

2.3 Click on “OK” button to save the changes.

(Next time when the system is updating the index, those folders/contents will be indexed as well)

3 Rebuild Index

If you want to rebuild index instantly, here is how

3.1 After we have clicked on “OK” button, we are back to “Index Options” window again

Windows 10 Indexing Options
Windows 10 Indexing Options

3.2 Click on “Advanced” button

3.3 Click on the “Rebuild” button, now the system will start to rebuild the index (Note: It will take awhile, if you have heaps of files, it will take even longer)

Windows 10 Index Options - Advanced Options
Windows 10 Index Options – Advanced Options

When it’s finished, our files/folders will come up in the search results


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