Microsoft Windows 11 OS has been available since late last year 2021, so we have a lot of tutorials to cover for those new to Windows 11 operating system. This tutorial covers how you can make use of enhanced search in Windows 11.
Windows 11 offers the classic mode for searching all files, just as Windows 10 has. But with the new enhanced mode, users can deep search the entire system to get the result they need.
The classic search mode is still a good feature, but this is limited to a few directories like Pictures, Music, Documents, and so on. So this mode is not really the best since Windows 11 won’t find your files if you do not know where they are stored.
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With the new ‘Enhanced Search’ option, you do not have to face this issue. So this article will help you know more about the Enhanced Search feature and how to enable it on Windows 11. Read on.
What is Enhanced Search in Windows 11?
Enhanced Search is a Microsoft Windows OS feature that allows all users to locate any files stored on their PC. When enabled, the PC has access to all directory on the system so as to improve the local search reach compared to when disabled which accesses only a few folders/libraries.
Enhanced Search Mode in Windows 11 indexes every location on the users computer, it does take a while to search the entire system compared to the classic search. This feature, when enabled and used can affect the battery life and exhibited pressure on the CPU.
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Knowing the above, we will recommend you only enable the search option if you have a less capable processor.
Steps to Enable Enhanced Search Mode in Windows 11
Enabling Enhanced Search mode is easy when you follow the steps below. We have Windows 11 OS, so we made use of our system for this tutorial. It also works on Windows 10 since the feature is available there too.
1. Click on the Windows 11 start icon and select ‘Settings’.
2. Next, on the Settings display, click on the ‘Privacy & Security’ option as seen below.
3. Locate and click on the Searching Windows option
4. On the Indexing Status page, tap the drop-down icon to expand the Find my Files section.
5. Under Find my Files section, switch the enabled option from Classic to Enhanced to enable the Enhanced Search feature as seen on the above picture.
Very simple as we said earlier, this is how to enable the Enhanced Search on Windows 11. For a better experience, you might want to restart your PC after making the changes.
By enabling enhanced search mode on Windows 11 is just the same steps for Windows 10 like we said. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do well to share it with your friends and leave comments below if you have any questions.