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SearchIndexer.exe is the Windows service that handles the indexing of your files for Windows Search, which powers Windows’ built-in file search engine that powers everything from the Start menu search box to Windows Explorer. and even the Libraries feature.

In Windows 10: Select the Start button, select Settings > Update & Security, and then select Troubleshoot. Find and click Search and Indexing, and click Run the troubleshooter.

Microsoft Windows Search Indexer process in Task Manager and right-click it to choose Properties. Go to the Details tab and then you can clearly see the particular executable file is the SearchIndexer.exe.

How do I check my indexing status?

Verify indexing is complete

  1. Start Outlook and click in the Search box.
  2. Select Search Tools > Indexing Status from the Search menu.
  3. When the Indexing Status dialog appears, you should see the following:
check my indexing status

If Outlook hasn’t finished indexing, write down the items that remain to be indexed, wait five minutes, and check again. If the number of items did not decrease, continue to the next step.

How do I fix Searchindexer EXE?

How to Fix SearchIndexer.exe

  1. Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, “snapshot”, or backup image before error occurred. …
  2. Step 2: Run SFC (System File Checker) to restore the corrupt or missing SearchIndexer.exe. …
  3. Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

How to turn off windows indexing

To change this setting, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter indexing. Select Indexing Options from the menu. …
  2. Now you’ll see the list of indexed locations. Click on Modify button.
  3. Uncheck the locations that you don’t want to index and click on OK to save changes.

How do I turn on my search index?

How to turn on indexing?

  1. Right click the start menu and go to Computer Management.
  2. The other place to check is Control Panel->Indexing Options (if you have the View By set to small/large icons in the control panel view)


Do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter indexing. Select Indexing Options from the menu.
  2. Now you’ll see the list of indexed locations. Click on Modify button.
  3. Uncheck the locations that you don’t want to index and click on OK to save changes.

How to Make SearchIndexer.exe Use Less RAM or CPU?

  • Step 1: Type indexing options in the Search bar and then click the best match one.
  • Step 2: Click the Modify button and then trim down the list of locations to just the ones you really need indexed. Click OK to save changes.

You can also make the Microsoft Window Search Indexer index only filenames in Indexing Options. Here is the tutorial:

  • Step 1: Click the Advanced button and then go to the File Types tab.
  • Step 2: Scroll down to some common formats like doc, docx, and other files, then you can see that they are configured to Index Properties and File Contents by default.
  • Step 3: You can change the setting to Index Properties Only if you don’t search within the files and only care about the file name. Click OK to save changes.

How to fix Search Indexer High Disk or CPU usage in Windows 10

  • Method 1: Restart Windows Search Service
    • Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to open the Run window.
    • Inside that Run window, type services.msc and hit Enter.
    • from the list select Windows Search and right-click on it.
    • Now click on Properties. Select the Startup Type to Automatic and make sure if the service is running. Now, click on Apply and then on OK.
    • Reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
  • Method 2: Run Search and Indexing Troubleshooter
    • open Control Panel by hitting the WINKEY + X
    • search for Troubleshooter.
    • Now observe a menu labeled as Troubleshooting in the search results. Click on it.
    • On the left side panel, click on View All.
    • look out for Search and Indexing. Click on it and run it.
    • Select the Files that struggle to appear in the search results and click on Next.
    • After it is done, Reboot your computer and check if it was able to resolve your issues.
  • Method 3: Rebuilding the Index
    • Open Control Panel by hitting the WINKEY + X
    • Clicking on Control Panel or search for it in the Cortana Search Box.
    • In the Windows Explorer search section, search for Indexing Options.
    • You will now observe a menu labeled as Indexing Options in the search results. Click on it.
    • A new window for Indexing Options will open up. On the bottom side, click on Advanced.
    • Another new window will pop up now. Switch to the tab labeled as File Types.
    • On the bottom side, there will be two radio button. Click on the one labeled as Index Properties and File Contents.
    • Now, click OK.
    • Click on the Advanced button again and under the Index Settings tab, click on Rebuild.
    • It will now start to reindex all the files and data stored on the computer.

How to disable Windows Search Indexer in Windows 10

  • task manager
  • services
  • open services
  • windows search
  • disabled
  • stop
  • disabled
  • apply
  • ok
  • Done!

What is Microsoft Search indexing?

Microsoft Search indexing is the process of looking at files, email messages, and other content on your PC and cataloging their information.

How do I fix my computer from indexing?

To rebuild the Windows search index, go back to Control Panel> Indexing Options. Click the Advanced button and make sure you are on the Index Settings tab of the Advanced Options window. In the Troubleshooting section of the Advanced Options window, find and click the Rebuild button.

Should I turn off Windows Indexing?

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to turn off Windows search indexing if you don’t search frequently or if you use a different desktop search program for that. Turning off indexing doesn’t mean that Windows Search won’t work at all, it just means that it may be slower when running searches.

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