How to Search Files by Content Data

Content-searching can allow you to search files by what is contained within the file rather than the file-name. By default, Windows only search file names for locations that are unindexed, which can often bring frustration upon users who have Search Indexing disabled. By enabling content-searching, those who often forget filenames but remember the contents within a file can make their searching much more efficient.


Re-enabling content-searching is very simple. First, you want to access your folder options from the Tools menu. If you don’t have the top navigation bar enabled by default, just press Alt.


Click on the Search tab above to access your Search Functions. Below is a picture of the default search settings. Simply check the second button, “Always search file names and contents” to re-enable content searching. If you’re working with system files, you might also want to check the Include System Directories box below.


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