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Windows Search?

I'm using windows 7 ultimate 64. I know that windows search can index and search for text within files. I have some large drives with data (3-4 tb). Besides for .txt, doc, pdf I never want to search inside the files and most times I want to search only based on what might be part of a file name. How can I have windows index only the file name and maybe the file meta data but not the text (unless it's txt, doc, pdf) ?
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I think for most of us, indexing content is very important. So far as I know, there is no way to constrain the basic seach to only filename.

The advanced search (top right of Windows Explorer) can constrain to filename, date range. etc., but wants to be limited to the basic area of folders you wish to search (or it will take too long).
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that is standard behaviour of windows search
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Standard behavior is to search file name? If I turn on Indexing then it will only index the file name?
No. Standard behaviour is to search content. Turning on indexing will search content. ... Thinkpads_User
It will only search content in certain file types it will not index content in all file types i.e. binaries.. If you just want it to index filenames then in the advanced options you can select that only.. The default is as you said index filenames and contents. You can control the extensions for indexing content as well in advanced options
I noted most of that in my first post. Changing the advanced options to control for that particular search does not, however, change the default behviour of indexing. The Windows 7 indexing is quite advanced so it finds all standard content wherever one has indexed. (Binaries of course are excluded). ... Thinkpads_User
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where do I find the advance options?
Control Panel | Indexing Options

thinkpads_user: you were refering to the advanced search options from the search box. I was referring to the actual indes options
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ve3ofa - Yes, that is true. The content filter only applies to a few types (most of the types are Properties only). However, I leave those as set for indexing to work reliably for me. That is why I did not think of them. Thanks. ... Thinkpads_User