I had vaguely remembered about the ‘new’ search indexing feature that was added to Vista.
Obviously it got carried over to Windows 7.
Today I was editing a chapter in my new book. When I am editing, I can stare at a single sentence on the screen for five to ten minutes at a time. I am not touching the keyboard or mouse. I am not listening to music. I stare, intently, at the screen. My new system, despite having seven (yes, 7) fans, one rather BIG on the top, is rather quiet. So today, I started hearing that unmistakable, interminable clickety-click sound coming from my PC. It wasn’t loud. But it was incessant. I immediately realized what it was doing. It was doing indexing.
I don’t really need my files indexed. I don’t use search that often. When I do, I rarely, if ever, search on file contents. I just search on file names. Though I have a LOT of files, I also still, despite my dotage, have a reasonably good memory. Plus, I am, by necessity rather organized, structured and disciplined. So my folders and files have logical and self describing names. So my searches are not that taxing. I don’t need Windows 7 to keep on trolling my disk indexing all my data.
At this point I did not know that I could actually fine tune Windows 7 indexing options. Well, you can. Right click on ‘COMPUTER,’ go select the ‘properties’ option at the bottom. You should get a screen with your System Rating etc. with a HUGE Windows 7 logo on the right. On the LEFT HAND bottom, you should see ‘Performance Information and Tools.’ BINGO. That is what you need. Select that and the second option you will get is ‘Adjust indexing options.’ I actually looked at mine. It was not indexing both my disks! Strange! All that clicking … I thought it was indexing both … non-stop. According to what it claims … indexing was complete and it indexed 25,802.
Well, this afternoon I didn’t know any of this.
I just Googled “Windows 7 Search Indexing.” Many articles talked about disabling it. I went back to the article I told you about yesterday. Yes, I had remembered that it had talked about turning off search indexing. As I did yesterday with cutting back on my boot Time Out, I followed their instructions. They were GOOD AGAIN. I disabled indexing. I just did a search. Search seems to work. Not sure whether on this system, with its capacity to spare, turning off indexing made any difference. That constant clicking noise bothered me.
Well, think about. My goal is to give you food for thought. Thanks.