Moderated Re: File find in windows 10 with jaws 2018, looking for content not the names of files

David Bailes

Hi Mike,
you've told me off list that the path of the folder that you're searching is something like:
As this folder is on your D drive, then by default it's probably not indexed.
When deciding what folders you want to include in indexing, it's worth keeping in mind that it's not a good idea just to index everything. Indexing stuff that you're not going to search just adds to the size of the index, and might slow down searching.
Say, for example, the you wanted to index the folder D:\mikem, and all its subfolders.

1. Open the start menu and type indexing options. Indexing options will probably be the first result, and so you can just press Enter. The indexing option dialog opens.
2. Tab to the modify button and press it. The Indexed locations dialog opens.
3. The first control in this dialog is a change selected locations tree view. In this tree view, each of the items is a check box. If an item is checked, then it is indexed.
4. Arrow down to the D drive, and press right arrow to open it. The folders which it contains are now listed below it.
5. Down arrow to the folder mikem, and press spacebar to check it.
6. Tab to the OK button, and press it. You are returned to the Indexing options dialog.
7. Tab to the Close button, and press it.
Note that depending on the size of the folder you have added to the indexing, you may have to wait a while before the indexing is complete, and give you the search results that you expect.


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 02:27 am, David Bailes wrote:
Hi Mike,
can you tell me the location of the folder which you are searching? To tell me this you could tell me the steps you take to get to it after opening File Explorer. Alternatively, with the folder open in File Explorer, press Alt + D to move to the address bar, and then press Ctrl + C to copy that address, and then paste that address into your reply.

This should tell me whether that folder is indexed or not. It may be the case that if a folder is indexed it does a more thorough job of searching for contents, but I'm not sure about this.


On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 10:12 am, mike mcglashon wrote:

I guess I don’t know if the thing is indexed,

I don’t even know what that means?

I don’t assume anything,

You guys keep saying that I have to assume that index in order for the thing to work;

So does that mean because I get unpredictable results that the folders are not indexed?



From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: File find in windows 10 with jaws 2018, looking for content not the names of files


On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 07:01 am, mike mcglashon wrote:

What if I wanted to search an entire folder with mixed filetypes in it,

Would I type:

“*.*:mike” to find “mike” in any file located within the current folder that is open?

Assuming the folder is indexed (and see the message from David Bailes in regard to that) the answer to your question is, "No."  All you need to do is to type mike (no quotes needed) in the search box of File Explorer.  

The following is taken directly from one of my standard Cheat Sheets that I use when tutoring JAWS and Windows:

Using Windows Search

          Windows can search for files or folders with a certain name or it can search for files and folders not only with that certain name, but that contain that name (or word).

1.     Hit the Windows Key.

2.     If you only want to find files or folders with a given name, then type file: immediately followed by the name, or part of that name, that you’re searching for.

3.     If you want to find files or folders that contain a word or phrase

a.     If it’s a phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks

b.     If it’s a single word you don’t need the quotation marks

4.     Hit the Down Arrow twice to begin reviewing the search results.


Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134  

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