The Search Index is useful for searching the Start Menu and File Explorer. Here is how to turn the search index on or off in the Windows 11 operating system.
Although it may not be common, most people use Windows Search in some form. For example, when searching for files or folders. When you search for a file, folder, email, document, or program in File Explorer or the Start menu, Windows tries to find it as quickly as possible and display results according to relevance.
To accomplish this, Windows uses a special service called Windows Search through the SearchIndexer.exe process. This service builds the search index over time in the background to speed up the overall search. Of course, as the contents of your computer change, the search index is automatically updated and rebuilt.
Depending on the mode of the search index (classic or advanced), the indexing process consumes a lot of system resources. This is especially true when the number of files is large. This means battery drain on laptops, higher system temperatures, and reduced system performance.
The good news is that the search index can be turned off and turned on when needed. All you have to do is manage the Windows Search service.
This brief Windows guide will walk you through the process of turning the search index on or off in Windows 11.
Follow the same steps in Windows 10 and 11.
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Turn Search Index Off
Search Index in Windowsmust be disabled or turned off, the Windows Search service must be disabled. Once the service is disabled, the SearchIndexer.exe process will no longer start automatically and Search Index will be disabled. Here is how to do it.
- Open “Run” with “Win + R”.
- Type “services.msc” in the space provided.
- Press “OK” button.
- Look for “Windows Search” service.
- Double-click the “Windows Search” service.
- Select “Disabled” from the “Startup type” drop-down menu.
- Click the “Stop” button under “Service status”.
- Click the “OK” button.
- Close the “Services” window.
- This will disable the search index in Windows.
First, start the “Service” tool. To do so open the “Run” dialog with the key combination “Windows key + R”. Enter ” services.msc ” in the space provided and press ” OK ” button.
In the Services window, locate ” Windows Search ” and double click . You can also right-click the Windows Search service and select Properties.
Note: Sometimes the service is called “WSearch”.
In the Properties window, select the ” Disabled ” option from the ” Startup type ” drop-down menu.
Then click the ” Stop ” button in the ” Service status ” tab.
Click the ” OK ” button to save your changes to the Windows Search service.
Finally, close the service window. You have now disabled or turned off the Windows Search Index. The Services window will display the message “Windows Search with Disabled.
Search indexing was disabled. ” Click OK. If you disable or turn off search indexing, the message “Turn indexing back on .will be displayed.
Turning search indexing back on
In Windows To turn search indexing back on, the Windows Search service must be enabled and started. Once the Windows Search service is started, the SearchIndexer.exe process will be started and the indexing process will begin automatically. Here are the steps to enable Windows Search Index.
Press the Start key, search for and open ” services.msc “.
In the “Services” window, locate the Windows Search service and double-click it.
Select ” automatic ” from the “Startup type” pull-down menu.
(Optional) Press the ” Start ” button on the ” Service Status ” tab, if present.
Finally press the ” OK ” button to save the changes. If not, it is recommended that you close the Services window and restart your computer.
Once the service is running, Windows will start the indexing process and the search will function as before.
That is all. Simply turn on or off the search index and the Windows Search service on your Windows operating system.
We hope you find this simple and easy guide to using Windows helpful.
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