How to disable indexing of encrypted files in Windows 10

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Next, we will see how to disable indexing of encrypted files in Windows 10 in an extremely simple way and above all in a few steps.

Windows uses the index to find search results faster. In this way the search index helps us to find several files that we need and that we do not remember where they are.

Searches can be very useful, as we also have the ability to filter them by size, file type, properties, content, etc. So on many occasions having the search index is really very useful.

The index is kept alive as a constant process called Searchindexer.exe. When we are using the computer and editing a file, this index is updated, it does so constantly.

While using the computer, the performance impact should be as low as possible. When we are not using it, try to use all the necessary resources to be able to index faster.

But for some reason you may not want this to remain active in any way. So what we can do is disable it. But we have several ways to disable it, since we can specify not only which zones we want to add to the index, but we can also disable the indexing of encrypted files.

This obviously serves to give more privacy to our computer. If we have encrypted files it is clear that we don't want anyone to see the information they contain.

So a little further down we will see a fairly simple tutorial so that you learn step by step how to avoid indexing of encrypted files and also how to prevent certain sectors of your computer from being part of the search index, all this from the same window of options and in a very simple, but above all fast way.

How to disable indexing of encrypted files in Windows

  • The first thing we will do is press " Windows + Q "Or simply press" Start "And type" Indexing "To view" Indexing options ”As a search result, now hit enter.
  • Here we will click on the " Advanced ”Located in the area below.
  • Now what we need to do is uncheck the "Index encrypted files" box located in " File settings ”In this way we avoid that the encrypted files are indexed.
  • Then you just have to click on " Accept ". And restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

How to disable selective indexing

What can we do if you want to continue browsing certain areas of your computer. It is used to disable selective indexing. This way we can disable it in unimportant places.

  • What we have to do is click on " Start "And search" Indexing ". When it appears " Indexing options " , we simply press enter.
  • In the indexing options box, we will click " Modification ".
  • Another window opens and we will be able to see our computer's hard drive. Click the left arrow.
  • You can then choose which parts of your computer you want to index.
  • Select the areas you want and then simply click on " Accept " is " Close ".
  • In the end, the only thing left to do is restart the computer.

We hope you have no doubts about how to turn off indexing of encrypted files in Windows, as you can see it is an all too easy thing to do that in a few minutes you can have it configured without any kind of problem. Likewise, if you still have questions, you can leave them in the comment box a little further down.

In addition to this article, in Watch How To Do It, you will be able to read articles on how to open encrypted files with the AXX extension and how to open or convert a file with the EASM extension.

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