The search feature in Windows 7 is very useful, largely because you can customize it to include specific folders or drives, then further customize it to search the contents of files within that folder or drive. However, all of the different search settings for your Windows 7 computer could lead you to a situation where searching and indexing are taking a very long time, or are consuming a significant amount of resources on your machine. Luckily you can restore the default search options in Windows 7 to prevent these problematic activities and return to a state where the search feature is light and helpful, albeit less thorough.
Resetting Default Windows 7 Search Settings
Like many of the more helpful features involving Windows Explorer and folders on your Windows 7 computer, such as showing hidden files and folders in Windows 7, the option that you are looking for is on the Folder and search options menu. Continue reading below to learn how you can find this menu, and where the specific button is that you need to click in order to restore your search defaults.
Step 1: Click the Windows Explorer icon in the task bar at the bottom of your screen. If the folder shown in the image below is not visible, then you can click the Computer option on your Start menu, or open any folder on your computer.
Step 2: Click the Organize drop-down menu at the left side of the horizontal bar at the top of the window, then click Folder and search options.
Step 3: Click the Search tab at the top of the window, then click the Restore Defaults button at the bottom of the window.
Step 4: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the window, then click OK.
Your Windows 7 search settings should now revert to their original settings, which should help to clear up any issues that you are having with the Windows search indexer consuming a lot of your system resources.
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