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Default Indexing Scopes

Indexing scopes (also called crawl scopes and start addresses) are URLs that point to the starting locations for indexed content. When indexing is performed, each configured start address is enumerated by the appropriate protocol handler so that the indexing engine can find the content that needs to be indexed. By default, the following locations are indexed for the local volume:

  • The Start menu (file:///%SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu).
  • The Users folder ((file:///%SystemDrive%\Users) and all user profile folders within it except for the Default user profile folder. (The AppData subfolder is excluded, however, for each user profile.)
  • The Offline Files cache (Csc://{user's SID}) for all users who use the computer. (This indexing scope is used only if CSC is enabled on the computer.)

By default, all files and folders within these locations are indexed unless they are specifically excluded by a system exclusion rule as described previously.

Note You can add additional indexing scopes by using Indexing Options in Control Panel. See the section "Configuring the Index" later in this tutorial for more information. If Outlook 2007 is installed on the computer, this also appears as a default indexed location.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Search
  2. Search and Indexing Enhancements
  3. Search in Windows XP
  4. Search in Windows Vista
  5. Search in Windows 7
  6. Understanding the Windows Search Versions
  7. Search Versions Included in Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  8. Search Versions Included in Windows Server 2008
  9. Search Versions Available for Earlier Versions of Windows
  10. How Windows Search Works
  11. Understanding Search Engine Terminology
  12. Windows Search Engine Processes
  13. Enabling the Indexing Service
  14. Windows Search Engine Architecture
  15. Understanding the Catalog
  16. Default System Exclusion Rules
  17. Understanding the FANCI Attribute
  18. Default Indexing Scopes
  19. Initial Configuration
  20. Understanding the Indexing Process
  21. Modifying IFilter Behavior
  22. How Indexing Works
  23. Rebuilding the index
  24. Viewing Indexing Progress
  25. Understanding Remote Search
  26. Managing Indexin
  27. Configuring the Index
  28. Configuring the Index Location Using Group Policy
  29. Configuring Indexing Scopes and Exclusions Using Group Policy
  30. Configuring Offline Files Indexing
  31. Configuring Indexing of Encrypted Files
  32. Configuring Indexing of Encrypted Files Using Control Panel
  33. Configuring Indexing of Similar Words
  34. Configuring Indexing of Text in TIFF Image Documents
  35. Other Index Policy Settings
  36. Using Search
  37. Configuring Search Using Folder Options
  38. Configuring What to Search
  39. Configuring How To Search
  40. Using Start Menu Search
  41. Searching Libraries
  42. Advanced Query Syntax
  43. Using Federated Search
  44. Deploying Search Connectors
  45. Troubleshooting Search and Indexing Using the Built-in Troubleshooter