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Search tool Windows 7x64: index mail, specific locations

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Hi,

My Outlook 2013 search function isn’t working anymore. Tried every possible way to fix it but it simply doesn’t work.
I really don’t want to reinstall my Windows, so I’m looking for an alternative that can index my mails as well as some predefined locations (like my Dropbox).

Previsously there was Windows desktop search or Google Desktop Search. Those tools aren’t available as separate downloads.
Please advise.
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by:Wilder1626
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If you are looking for the path

Backed-up emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes (.pst)

An Outlook Data File (.pst) contains your backed-up email messages, calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes, and is stored in the following default locations, depending on your version of Microsoft Windows:

Windows 7 / Windows Vista

drive:\Users\<username>\Documents\Outlook Files

If you had created data files on your computer in previous versions of Outlook, they'll be stored in the following default locations, depending on your operating system:


Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
drive:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook




Offline or cached Outlook items (.ost)

Email accounts, such as Microsoft Exchange, Outlook.com, or IMAP, keep your mail on a server. The Offline Outlook Data File (.ost) is a synchronized copy of the account saved on your computer, and is stored in the following default locations, depending on your operating system:

Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista

drive:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook


 Note    All the data in the .ost file is kept on the server, so you don’t have to back it up. Your account server synchronizes the .ost file on your computer to keep your Outlook items current.

Personal Address Book (.pab) files are lists of names and distribution lists, used in Outlook 2003 and earlier versions. To use them in Outlook 2013, convert the files from the following default locations into a contacts folder by clicking File > Open & Export > Import.

Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista

drive:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook
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by:janhoedt
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Thanks but I know all that, that's why I didn't ask for a solution but an extra tool to search.
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you can probably try http://www.lookeen.com/
if you search for a free one, try Xobni
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by:janhoedt
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Great! That's where I was looking for.
Do  you use it yourself? Is it worth the 50 Dollar?
The same for Xobni, is it a good (free) alternative to Lokeen?
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I tried the trial version long time ago but for me, Xobni was good. :)

so i use Xobni
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The only thing to remember is that Add-Ins may slow downs some PCs.

But i did not have any issues on my end with Xobni. FYI Xobni his the revers of Inbox.  :-)
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Some people really like Everything Search http://voidtools.com/
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Not sure what you mean by "FYI Xobni his the revers of Inbox. "
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just an FYI actually

Xobni if you read it from right to left, it means Inbox. :)

did it work for you?
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Thanks!
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i'm glad i was able to help
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