In this tutorial, you can learn how to change search options for files and folders on Windows 10. Also, if you mistakenly deleted some files or lost some important files on Windows 10, you can use MiniTool software to easily recover deleted/lost files from PC and other various storage devices.

If you want to change search options in Windows 10, you can check the step-by-step guide below. Still, you can also learn some Windows advanced search features in this post.

How to Change Search Options in Windows 10

Step 1. You can click This PC to open File Explorer in Windows 10. If you don’t see the File Explorer menu bar, you can click the ^ icon at the upper-right corner to open the menu bar of File Explorer.

Step 2. Next you can click View tab at the menu bar, and click Options to open Folder Options Windows 10.

Step 3. In the Folder Options window, you can then change the search settings by clicking Search tab. You can adjust the Windows 10 search settings, e.g. enable or disable Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system filesInclude system directories option.

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How to Use Windows Advanced File Search Features

The Windows search indexer controls everything in the C:\Users\NAME folder. It reads all the files under that folder and creates an index of the file names, contents and other metadata. When the information changes, it notices and updates its index.

This index can allow you to fast find a file based on the data in the index since Windows looks up the file in its search index. If Windows doesn’t have a search index, then it will cost a long time to find the target file since Windows needs to open every file on your hard drive to see if it’s the file you are searching.

On Windows 10, you can click Search Tools tab at the toolbar in File Explorer to access Windows 10 advanced file search features. After you click Search tab, you can use some filter features to narrow the search results, e.g. you can search the file by kind, size, date modified, file directory, file extension, etc.

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How to Recover Lost/Deleted Files on Windows Computer

If you can’t find a lost file in your Windows 10 computer, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to easily recover lost or deleted files from PC.

Aside from recovering deleted/lost files from PC, you can also use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover data from pen drive, USB drive, external hard drive, SD card, and more. It helps you recover data from various data loss situations. 100% clean and safe, and extremely easy-to-use. The free edition allows you to recover up to 1GB data for free.

You can download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free on your Windows 10/8/7 computer, and follow the easy guide below to recover lost/deleted files and folders on Windows 10.

Step 1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your Windows computer, and you can see its main interface is very simple and intuitive. You can choose a main device category from the left pane. Here we choose This PC.

Step 2. Next you can continue to choose the hard drive partition that contains your lost or deleted files, and click Scan button to start scanning the drive.

Step 3. You can wait a moment to let the scan process finish. At last, you can check the scan result to find needed files and click Save button to store them to a new drive. You should not store the recovered files into the original drive to avoid data overwriting since it’s very hard to recover overwritten files.

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