Windows 11 Search not searching OneDrive

Bikhod 51 Reputation points
2022-07-17T06:13:53.907+00:00

Hello,

How can I get Windows Search to search my OneDrive files and folders, including file contents?

I have just purchased a new Windows 11 laptop and noticed that Windows Search does not search my One drive files!

My OneDrive folder location is C:\Users\bikhod_\OneDrive but when I look in the Windows search Indexing options location, OneDrive is missing - first image. As the second image shows, OneDrive is definitely a folder on my machine.

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  1. David Broggy 5,581 Reputation points MVP
    2022-07-17T09:16:05.373+00:00

    Hi Bikhod, open the OneDrive app and you can perform your search from there.
    It will be located in your system tray.

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  2. Bikhod 51 Reputation points
    2022-07-19T04:47:16.807+00:00

    Hi David,

    The approach you outlined above worked and I was able to successfully search my OneDrive content using File Explorer on my Windows 11 laptop - thank you. However, I am still confused.

    On my work Windows 10 laptop, I also have (work) OneDrive and I am able to search the laptop's local partitions, work network drives and OneDrive without having to open OneDrive. Do you know why that is the case please?

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  3. Attila Molnár 6 Reputation points
    2022-10-19T09:23:02.947+00:00

    Thank you for the workaround. Is it designed this way? Really Windows Search in Windows 11 is unable to search local content when it is placed in a OneDrive folder?

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  4. İsmail Aslan 1 Reputation point
    2022-12-15T08:07:19.023+00:00

    i have same problem. Any solution ?

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  5. Fabricio Godoy 2,586 Reputation points
    2023-01-29T17:39:26.1+00:00

    Hey guys.
    did you check if "cloud search" was enable?

    • on settings:
    • User's image
    • User's image
      • turn on if not.
    • after that, check again on index search

    User's image

    I hope this help you..

    Regards