Windows 10 does a great job of allowing you to find your apps,
settings, pictures, and even web items from the search box. But
the search box does not show results from all local storages.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update adds a new feature that
dramatically improves Windows Search capabilities.
Search in Windows 10 has always been limited to looking in
certain locations such as local documents, pictures, videos,
folders, start menu and desktop by default. In October 2018
Update or older, Windows Search feature doesn’t quickly scan
your entire PC when it comes to finding specific documents and
You can use Windows Search to quickly search the internet,
libraries (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos) and
desktop, but it fails to scan all the local drives by default.
The search takes time to find files that are not in indexed
locations and sometimes it could also fail to deliver the
results that you’ve been looking for.
Windows Search Enhanced Mode
Windows 10 May 2019 Update introduces enhanced search mode
which indexes your entire PC, including libraries and desktop.
This feature dramatically improves Windows Search capabilities,
but it may also reduce battery life and even increase CPU
consumption during indexing operations.
Enhanced search mode is disabled by default and it has to be
enabled from the Settings page:
- Search for ‘Windows Search Settings’
- Switch from Classic to Enhanced.
After you turn on Enhanced mode, Windows will begin scanning
and indexing your files. During indexing operations, there
could be an impact on battery backup and it may also increase
It may take about 15 minutes for Windows to index all your
local files, but the indexing operation may need more time if
you have lots of files or low power hardware.
You are recommended to plug in before you start because
indexing is a resource-intensive activity.
You can also monitor the indexing operation on Windows Search
settings page. After the indexing process is complete, you
can finally find files anywhere on your PC instantly.
Windows Search index will update its data automatically in the
background to include your new files and programs.
If you want Windows Search to exclude specific folders, you can
add them to the excluded folders list. For example, you can
exclude a folder that contains tons of files that you won’t
search for or you might want to exclude a folder containing
You can also deindex large digital media folders that you don’t
need Windows search through.
By default, Windows excludes temporary folders and program
files as it can slow down system performance.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update
comes with several similar nifty improvements and as well