Assume you have a java file (a file with a .java extension) and when you perform a search, text in this file is not searched. Why? Because it is an unknown file extension for Windows XP and it will not index this file. I know it is a plain text file and should be searched but it is not.
Perform the following to enable windows to index files with unknown extensions
- Goto Start -> Search -> Change preferences
- Click on With Indexing Service (for faster local searches) or Without Indexing Service.
- Select Yes, enable Indexing Service. It might already be selected if it was Without Indexing Service in the previous step.
- Click on Change Indexing Service settings (Advanced).
- In the Indexing service window goto view menu and click on customize.
- In the Customize View window check Console tree check box under the MMC section and click on ok.
- Right click on Indexing Service on Local Machine and select properties.
- On the generation tab, check Index files with unknown extensions check box and click on ok.
- Close the Indexing Service window and click on ok in the search window.
- Click on All files and folders and start searching. It will find any word in any file with any extension.