Posts Tagged ‘WDS’

Windows Desktop Search – Locating email

October 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Locating found email:

ok, Outlook 2007 search is slicker than spit, but when you find the email that you were looking for, how do you tell where it’s located in the Outlook store?


The search results give you the name of the folder that it’s in, but it doesn’t give you the path, (at least that I’ve been able to find).


I bought something from SonicWall and I couldn’t remember which client it was purchased for.  So I did a search in Outlook on the amount (404.74) which quickly found the email confirmation, but it didn’t give a location other than the generic folder name “Orders”.  So I could have looked in every client’s Orders folder, but I found a better way:


Using Windows Desktop Search (aka <Windows-F>), I searched for “kind:email 404.74” and the exact path for each email was listed in the folder column.


An excellent blog post that goes over the major search options:

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Windows Desktop Search – Searching doc text

October 26, 2008 Leave a comment

At this time, the current version (4) of WDS does not search inside PDF files.  If you want this feature, you need to install a filter.  Foxit has a free-for-desktop-use filter available for both 32 and 64-bit Windows:

Works great!  You’ll need to rebuild your search index to include the text of the files. 

Rebuild the index on Vista by doing a search, clicking the Search Tools drop-down, select Modify Index Locations, then click Advanced and then the Rebuild button.

Rebuild the index on XP by right-clicking the magnifying glass down by the clock and select “Windows Search Options…”, click Advanced and then the rebuild button.

Rebuild any time you add a new iFilter.

You can find more information about WDS iFilters at Channel 9:

You’ll also want to download the current 2007 Office System iFilter Pack

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