Windows search is not containing some file content

Jonas Meister 0 Reputation points

Hey guys

Im having a problem with one of our Terminalsersers (Server 22)

The problem is that the Windows search in explorer for (PDF) file contents does not list certain files that contain the key words. According to the customer, files that were previously recognized are no longer recognized. All pdfs to be searched are searchable, the text can be extracted.

Interestingly, I cannot find the event logs for windows search on the device.

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  1. Miguel Gonçalves | AVANADE 961 Reputation points

    Hi Jonas Meister,

    • Make sure the PDF files are not marked as ‘System files’ as Windows Search excludes these from its search results by default
    • Your locations where your PDF files are stored are included in the indexing options?
    • You also might need to rebuild the index.
    • For PDF files, you might need to install or update the PDF iFilter.

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  2. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 34,111 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi Jonas,

    Thanks for your post. Based on my research, if same pdf can be found previously, it should be some issue with Windows Search Index. Please refer the following link to rebuild search index.

    1. Press Windows key + R together to open the RUN command box.
    2. Copy and paste the following code in the text field and click OK. rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll
    3. Click on Advanced.
    4. Choose Tab File Types.
    5. Select Index Properties and File Contents
    6. Click OK.
    7. Choose OK when the Confirmation prompt pops up.

    Best Regards,

    Ian Xue

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