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Exclude file types from standard Windows search function

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Is it possible to exclude individual file types from the standard Windows 7 search function (called with the key combination Windows + F). Specifically, even if I enter the search criteria "*.pst" (Outlook mail exports), files matching this pattern are not listed although they definitely exist in the location being searched. Or could there another reason for this?
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If the files are not in the Index Locations as defined in Index Options in Control Panel, then Search will not find them unless you go to Windows Explorer, navigate to the main folder holding the data and search from there (Upper Left Search bar).

So if search for "blah" and "blah" occurs in my index location and also in program files, search will only find the one occurrence. If I go to program files in Windows Explorer and search from the Explorer search bar, search will find the other occurrence.

To exclude files from being found, you can uncheck the file type in Index Options, Advanced. Unchecking the file type may work but you will have to rebuild the index (could take some hours). This is for the first type of search.

For the second type of search, just search what you wish to find.

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Thank you very much. That was very helpful
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@keithbartlett1 - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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