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Chapter 25. Find Files on Your Computer > Indexing Files for Content Searches

Indexing Files for Content Searches

As noted on the previous page, Search will look through the contents of most text files. For instance, maybe you’re working on a research project and you’ve created dozens of files on the topic of chess. You want to find all the papers in your collection that mention “en passant.” That’s when you click the “Contents” button; instead of searching for just the name of a file, Search will actually read the contents of files. For instance, you might have written an article that you titled “Special Moves in Chess,” and in the article itself you wrote about the en passant move, but you also mention en passant in three other articles that have different titles—Search will find every file that includes the phrase “en passant” in the text.

BUT Search cannot search the contents of your files until it has first indexed every file. That is, Search has to read every file on your computer and then organize every word into a database that it can search when you request it. Logically, if you write more articles after Search has indexed the files on your hard disk, Search has to index things again to update and add those new files to its database. Fortunately, it indexes folders and disks constantly.


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