Windows 10 May 2019 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1903, will be released in the late of this month. Windows Search enhanced mode is an attractive new feature. See this post to get some related information about it.
Limits in Current Windows Search
When you want to find some certain files on your computer quickly but you don’t know their locations, you can use the Search feature to do the job. However, the search box is unable to show results from all local storages.
Normally, Windows Search is always limited to looking in the certain locations by default like the local documents, pictures, videos, folders, start menu and desktop. Even in some older versions such as Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the previous versions, Windows Search can’t scan the entire computer when it is finding specific items.
Of course, you can use Windows Search to find the internet, libraries (like Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos) and desktop quickly. But, it is unable to scan all the local drives by default.
It will take a while to search for the files that are not included in indexed locations. Even sometimes, you can’t get the search result you want.
Good news is that there will be a new feature in Windows 10 May 2019 Update and this new feature can improve Windows Search capabilities largely.
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Windows Search Enhanced Mode
In Windows 10 May 2019 Update, there will be an enhanced search mode which is able to index your entire computer like libraries and desktop. This new feature aims to improve Windows Search capabilities, but it is quite possible that it will reduce battery life and increase CPU consumption when indexing.
By default, the enhanced Search mode is disabled. If you want to use it, you have to enable it from the Settings page. Please find Windows Search Settings and then switch Classic to Enhanced.
After the Enhanced mode is enabled, Windows will begin to scan and index your files. Please note that, it is this indexing operation that could influence the battery backup and increase CPU consumption.
Generally, Windows will take about 15 minutes to index all the local files. However, the indexing operation may need longer time if there are so many files or low power hardware.
It is recommended to plug in before you start since indexing operation is a resource-intensive activity. Well, it is possible to monitor the indexing operation on the Windows Search settings page. When the indexing process ends, you can find your needed files anywhere on your computer quickly.
It is magic that Windows Search index can update its data automatically in the background so as to include your new files and programs.
Windows Search can also help you to exclude some specific folders. For instance, if you want to exclude a folder that contains numerous files that you won’t search for, you can add it to the excluded folders list. It also can deindex large digital media folders that don’t need Windows search through.
Temporary folders and program files can slow down system performance. Thus, they are excluded by Windows Search by default.
Some Other Changes
There are also some other important changes in Windows 10 May 2019 Update, like decoupling of Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This enables Microsoft to innovate both of these two features independently. You can find a new Windows Search interface which offers you the best search experience.
Additionally, there are some similar nifty improvements and improved performance in Windows 10 version 1903. Now, you can read these two posts to get these improvements: