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How to Search for Similar Images on Bing in Windows 10 Photos app

The Photos app included in Windows 10 is a universal app that allows you to enjoy, organize, edit, and share all your digital memories. It brings together photos and videos from all your devices, enhances them to make great photos even better, and organizes them into beautiful albums for you.

Starting with version 2019.19031.17720.0 and higher, the Photos app now lets you search for similar images in Bing Visual Search.

This tutorial will show you how to search for similar images in Bing directly from the Photos app in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer in Windows 10

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search (Classic) to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

To exclude a folder from search, you can add it to the Excluded Folders list.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Excluded Folders for Search Indexer for your account or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 10

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft added a new Enhanced Mode feature to improve search indexing that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Search Engine Shortcut Icons in Top Sites on Firefox New Tab page

Starting with Firefox 63.0, search shortcuts for Top Sites were added. Amazon and Google appear as Top Sites tiles on the Firefox Home (New Tab) page. When selected these tiles will change focus to the address bar to initiate a search.

Firefox lets you pin search for Google, Bing, Amazon, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Twitter and Wikipedia in your top sites.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove search engine shortcut icons in Top Sites on the New Tab page in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Search with Bing from Notepad in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17666, you can now highlight any words or phrase in Notepad and search with Bing.

If you have Sets turned on and have Microsoft Edge set as your default web browser, a new tab will open in Notepad that will include the Bing search results page. Otherwise, the Bing search results page will open in your default web browser.

This tutorial will show you how to Search with Bing using a highlighted word or phrase from Notepad in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Cortana Floating Search Bar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, there is a hidden new floating Search bar that can be enabled for a more immersive Cortana that Microsoft is testing. This new look is similar to Apple’s macOS Spotlight Search feature.

When you enable the floating Search bar, you can either press Win+S or click/tap on the Cortana icon (taskbar) to open the new floating Search bar UI.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Cortana floating Search bar for your account in Windows 10.

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Disable Adding Locations on Removable Drives to Index and Libraries in Windows

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like.

By default, users in Windows are able to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed locations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed location for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Text Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text to solid, semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box text for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Highlight Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

You will see the Cortana search box highlight when you hover the pointer over the search box.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box highlight for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cortana Search Box Background Transparency in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, you can change the transparency level of the Cortana search box background to opaque (white), semi-transparent (default), or fully transparent.

While the Cortana search box background is fully transparent, the color of the taskbar will show through it.

This tutorial will how you how to change the transparency level of the Cortana search box background for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Color of Cortana Search Box to White in Windows 10

Searching in Cortana on your taskbar makes it easier for you to search the web and Windows.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946, you can change the color of the Cortana search box to white when set to show a search box on the taskbar instead of an icon.

The default color of the search box will be a faded version of the color you selected to show on the taskbar.

This tutorial will how you how to change the color of the Cortana search box on taskbar to white for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off to Index Encrypted Files in Windows 10

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy. By default, the indexing speed is reduced due to user activity. If the computer is running idle, then the indexing speed will go back to full speed to finish indexing faster.

Windows Search 4.0 and higher fully supports indexing encrypted files on local file systems by EFS, enabling users to index and search the properties and contents of encrypted files. Users can manually configure Windows Search to include encrypted files, or administrators can configure this with Group Policy. Windows Search ensures that only users with the correct permissions can search the content of encrypted files by honoring ACLs and by restricting access to users with decryption permissions for the files. Additionally, Windows Search restricts access to encrypted files to local searches only; Windows Search does not return encrypted files in search results when the query is initiated remotely.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to index encrypted files for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Change Storage Location of Search Index in Windows 10

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy. By default, the indexing speed is reduced due to user activity. If the computer is running idle, then the indexing speed will go back to full speed to finish indexing faster.

The search index data files are stored in the %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search\Data folder location by default. You can select to store the index to any internal location you like. You will not be able to select to use removable media, network, or external locations as the index location.

This tutorial will show you how to change the storage location of the search index data files in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove File Types for Search Index in Windows 10

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

The index uses the Windows Search service and runs as the Searchindexer.exe process in the background. The index will automatically rebuild and update for changes made to the included locations since the last index rebuild to increase search result accuracy. By default, the indexing speed is reduced due to user activity. If the computer is running idle, then the indexing speed will go back to full speed to finish indexing faster.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove file types to be included in the search index and how they should be indexed in Windows 10.

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