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Other Index Policy Settings

Table below lists some additional policy settings for configuring indexing in Windows 7. All the policy settings listed in this table are found in the following location:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search

For detailed information concerning all policy settings for indexing, see the Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Group Policy Settings Reference, which can be obtained from the Microsoft Download Center at

Policy settings for configuring the user search experience for Windows Explorer in Windows 7 are described in the section titled "Using Search" later in this tutorial.

Additional Group Policy Settings for Windows Search

Prevent Indexing E-mail AttachmentsEnabling this policy setting prevents the indexing of the content of e-mail attachments.
Prevent Indexing Microsoft Office OutlookEnabling this policy setting prevents the indexing of all Outlook items, including messages, contacts, calendar items, notes, and so on.
Prevent Indexing Public FoldersEnabling this policy setting prevents the indexing of Exchange Server public folders in Outlook 2003 or later versions when the user is running in cached mode and the Download Public Folder Favorites option is turned on. When this policy setting is set to Disabled or Not Configured, Outlook users have the option of indexing cached public folders.
Prevent Displaying Advanced Indexing Options In The Control PanelEnabling this policy setting will prevent users of targeted computers from being able to open Indexing Options in Control Panel to locally configure search and indexing settings on their computers.
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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