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Posted on 2014-12-19
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I wanted to find my "Master Budget" XL file and pin it to the Win8 Start menu. However, when I searched for the file "Master Budget", from the win8 start menu win8 found and listed "Master Budget 2"; twice.  

Why would it show the same file twice?

Why did it not find "Master Budget" in the Condo Office folder and find "Master Budget 2" in a deep sub-folder of the Condo Office folder; and list it twice?

When I changed the search option from "Everywhere" to "File"  all the "Master Budget" files in the folder containing "Master Budget2" were added to the 2 files found using the "everywhere" option. But "Master Budget", in the Condo Office folder was still not found.

This doesn't make any sense to me; am I doing something wrong?

As for pining a file to the win8 Start menu. I can create a shortcut and add it to the desktop, but what I really want is a "Master Budget" "tile" on the windows start menu.  Is that not an option?
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

Search finds files and shortcuts to files. So the second is maybe a shortcut.
If it doesn't find the real one, open search in explorer and retry, experiment a little, search from the condo folder and from the one above it. Maybe reindexing that folder is needed.
Pinning a document is not possible.
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by:mikecox_
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I did a search in Explorer and you were right about the second copy.  It also found the file I was looking for on the first try.  

What I don't understand is why the win8 search didn't find it, which makes me wonder if  the win8 search option is flawed and unreliable.
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The search has the option to run in an expanded screen if you click on the magnifier right of the search box, see if that makes a difference.
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by:mikecox_
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Yes! That listed them all!
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by:mikecox_
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The magnifier produces better results! Thanks
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