File Explorer error “No items match your search” in Windows 10 / 11

The search feature is very useful when you have to find a file or folder from the long list. However, sometimes due to some errors many users can’t find the file they search for and get no results even if the file is there on the computer. It is not an uncommon issue in windows file explorer and can be solved easily. We have found some solutions below that can help you out.


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Solution 1- Delete StructuredQuerySchema file

1. Go to file explorer

2. Now, copy and paste the path given below in address bar and hit enter

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows33

3. Now, delete StructuredQuerySchema.bin file.


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Structured Query Scheme

Solution 2 – Check index locations

It might be possible that the file or folder you are looking for has not indexed in the file explorer. To fix that you have to check the indexed location of your file explorer. Follow this process to do the same.

STEP 1:  Press Windows key + R key together to open run.

Step 2 : write control.exe srchadmin.dll in it and click OK.

 

Indexing Options Run

 

STEP 3: Click on the modify button, it will open the indexed location window.

Modify Indexing

 


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STEP 4: Check in the checkbox of all the drives and then click OK

 

Indexed Drives

 

STEP 5: Now, again in the indexing options window click on Advanced

 

Indexing Options Advanced

 

Step 6: – Now, click on rebuild to rebuild search index.

 

Rebuild Index

 

Step 7 – Click on OK and close all the windows.

Solution 3 – Run the Search and Indexing troubleshooter

Windows Troubleshooter program is the easiest way to solve the issues in the Windows system, you just need to run the program and it will automatically detect the error. Also, it will fix the error after detection.

STEP 1: Open settings from the Start menu, select Update and security, and then Troubleshoot from the left pane.

Troubleshoot

STEP 3: Scroll down in the troubleshoot menu and locate the search and indexing option. Select it and click on Run the troubleshooter.

Search Indexing Troubleshooter

 

STEP 4: On the next window, check the box that says files don’t appear in search results. Click the Next button.

Files Search Troubleshoot

 

Wait till the process completes and then close the window. Check that if you can search your files.

Solution 4 – Restart Cortana

Cortana is responsible for the searches on the Windows 10. Some users have solved this issue by just restarting the Cortana from the task manager.

STEP 1: Press Windows + X and click on the Task Manager option. Press yes on the user access control prompt.

Taskbar Right Click Task Manager

STEP 2: In the processes tab, locate for the Cortana. Select it and then click on the End task button. Close the task manager window now and search for the file to restart the Cortana.

Cortana Task Manager

Solution 5 – Rebuild the search index

This method is one step ahead of the last method, in this solution we will rebuild the whole index instead of adding the index directories. Rebuilding the index have solved search issues for most of the users.

STEP 1: Open the indexing options window by following the first two steps of the last method.

STEP 2: Click on the advanced button.

Advanced Indexing

STEP 3: Select Yes on the user access control prompt.

STEP 4: In the advanced options window, you will find the troubleshooting option. Click on the Rebuild button to delete the existing index and rebuild it.

Rebuild Index

STEP 5: Click OK on the prompt and it will start building the new index.

Solution 6 – Check Windows service

Windows search service is responsible for the search operations in the file explorer, it might be possible that it has stopped working. To start it again you have to manually start it from the Windows services. Follow these steps to start it again.

STEP 1: Hit the Windows + R key to open the Run window, type services.msc and click the OK button.

Run Command Search Services.msc Ok

STEP 2: Scroll all the way down to find the Windows search service. Double click on it to open properties. Select automatic in the startup type option, If the status says stopped then press the start button otherwise do nothing.

Automatic Windows Search Service

STEP 3: Select the Ok button to apply the settings. 

 

STEP 4: Right-click on the Windows search service and select restart the service.

Restart Search Service

Solution 7 – Enable the Always Search File Names and Contents Option

Windows file explorer has this option always search file names and contents which is disabled by default in some computer, due to that you might now get your desired search results. Enabling the always search file name and contents will ensure that the search action happens in every folder of your disks.


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STEP 1: Open the File explorer Program.

STEP 2: Head over to the view tab. select the options button, it will open up the folder options window.

View Options

STEP 3: Go to the search tab and check the checkbox that says always search file name and contents.

Folder Search Options

STEP 4: Click Ok to save your settings.

 

Solution 8 – Enable the Allow Indexing Service Option

By default Windows file explorer does not index files on the External drives so you won’t be able to search it from them. Although, you can turn on its indexing and you can search from external drivers after enabling their indexing. So, if you want that your file explorer can search external USB and other drives follow this process to enable it.

First, make sure that you have inserted that external drive to your computer.

STEP 1: Open This PC from file explorer or the Desktop.

STEP 2: Right-click on the external drive and select properties.

Drive Properties

STEP 3: In the general tab, check the checkbox that says Allow files on this drive to have content indexed

Allow Indexing

That’s all, your files from that drive are indexed for the File Explorer search.

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