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Hide Your Files and Folders from Search Result in Windows 10

The search system of Windows 10 is improved quite enough to search and find everything from inside your system. It even able to search and find the contents of encrypted folders from your system drives. The other side Cortana also trying to learn your behavior in order to help you quickly find files, folder and access to apps.

Sometimes, you might want to make sure that files and folders don’t show up in Start/taskbar/Cortana search results for privacy reasons. For instance, you might want to hide a specific personal folder from appearing in search results, or you might want to hide files under a folder from showing up in search results.

Step 1: In the Start/taskbar search field, type Indexing Options and then press Enter key to open Indexing Options dialog.

Step 2: Here, you can see all the included locations. Click the Modify button.

Step 3. Click Modify to open the modify window. Expand the drive and un-check the folders you want keep private and don’t want to show up on system search result.

Finally, click OK to finish the changes. Let the indexing option rebuild the indexing again. It may take time to check and index everything again.

How to Hide File Types from Search system?

It’s also possible to prevent search from showing up some file types on search result. It is best option to exclude non related file types which make search result a bit confuse.

Step 1: In the Start/taskbar search field, type Indexing Options and then press Enter key to open Indexing Options dialog.

Step 2: Here, you can see all the included locations. Click the Modify button.

Step 3: You can now see what all drives are selected. In the Change selected locations section, double-click on your Windows 10 drive icon to see the tree list of folders. Deselect folders which you don’t want to see in search results. Click OK.

If you want to stop seeing all files and folders, deselect all folders except Start Menu folder, and then click OK button.

Step 4: In the main dialog of Indexing Options, click the Advanced button. You will need admin rights to access this. If you don’t have administrative rights, enter the admin account when asked for to continue.

Step 5: In the Troubleshooting section, click the Rebuildutton. Click OK button to begin rebuilding the index. Remember that you can also fix search issues by rebuilding index.

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