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Chapter 9. Working with Files and Folder... > Using the Indexing Service for a Fas...

Using the Indexing Service for a Fast Find

Windows XP includes an indexing service for indexing almost everything on a disk. Placing indexes on your files is done as a search-and-replace measure that will hopefully seek out files faster. You can selectively disable or enable a file as a candidate for the indexing service. You do this through the file or folder's properties sheets. Select the General tab and then click Advanced. This will generate a dialog box similar to the dialogs used to compress and encrypt files. To index your files, simply use the section titled Archive and Index Attributes. The first check box allows you to select the archive attribute for this file. A backup program may examine this attribute to determine whether to back up a file or folder. Therefore, if you want to make sure a file is being backed up, select this check box.

The second check box allows you to decide whether the file or folder is to be indexed for use by the indexing service. The contents and filename are indexed on files you select. Documents, applications, and other items that you may frequently need to find should be candidates for the indexing service. For example, if you have a group of developers working on a large project, you might want to index the files shared by your programmers. By indexing those files, you have simplified the search for a file using the Search Companion instead of the old-fashioned method of sifting through files and folders and trying to determine where the file you want is located.


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