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    When I search my Documents folder for a folder name that I know exists, it used to show at the top of the search results lists that folder, and then any documents with that same title, and then any documents that have that phrase within them.

    Lately when I do a search, it just highlights in yellow the searched-for folder and documents with that name. And they are mixed in, in alphabetical order, with the full contents of the Documents folder. It does not eliminate the unwanted documents from the search results list.

    Clicking on the “Name” column heading is no help, it just reverses the order, but all the unwanted documents are still displayed.

    Any ideas how to fix this?

    Thanks

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Vincenzo.
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    • #2485444

      Hi Vincenzo:

      You might be able to achieve this by going to View | Sort Order | Choose Column and adding a column called Relevance. If you sort by Relevance (Descending) this will put folders that contain the search term at the top of your search, followed by files with the search term in the file name, and then files with the search term in the file contents (see attached image).

      Once you’ve sorted your search results by Relevance, you can sort by a secondary criteria like Date Modified by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the column heading for Date Modified.
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      64-bit Win 10 Pro v21H2 build 19044.2006 * Firefox v105.0.1 * Microsoft Defender v4.18.2207.7-1.1.19600.3 * Malwarebytes Premium v4.5.14.210-1.0.1772 * Macrium Reflect Free v8.0.6979

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    • #2485459

      When I search my Documents folder for a folder name

      Instead of using Explorer for searches use the free portable ‘Everything’

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      Hi Vincenzo:

      You might be able to achieve this by going to View | Sort Order | Choose Column and adding a column called Relevance. If you sort by Relevance (Descending) this will put folders that contain the search term at the top of your search, followed by files with the search term in the file name, and then files with the search term in the file contents (see attached image).

      Once you’ve sorted your search results by Relevance, you can sort by a secondary criteria like Date Modified by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the column heading for Date Modified.
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      64-bit Win 10 Pro v21H2 build 19044.2006 * Firefox v105.0.1 * Microsoft Defender v4.18.2207.7-1.1.19600.3 * Malwarebytes Premium v4.5.14.210-1.0.1772 * Macrium Reflect Free v8.0.6979

      That worked for me, thanks.
      The tip about sorting by secondary criteria is very useful.

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