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photo files not indexed or serchable

  1. #1


    slimdusty96 Guest

    photo files not indexed or serchable

    This is a weird problem to me, and it’s driving me insane.

    I have many photos in .jpg format, all in the "Pictures" folder. The
    majority of them I can find in “Search” by typing in the name of the photo
    file, but certain ones I can't. After hours of testing to see what the
    problem might be, I noticed that these are all in landscape (as opposed to
    portrait).

    E.g. I have a folder that has 7 photos in it, 5 of them in portrait and 2 in
    landscape. When I click the "Name" option located at the top left of the
    folder window (just left to the "date taken" and “tags” options), and then
    click on all the alphabet icons the come up, only the 5 photos in portrait
    can be found.

    The same happens when I click on "tags" option located at the top of the
    folder window; only the 5 would come up when I click on the tags icons that
    come up, even though all 7 photos are given exactly the same tags.

    The strangest thing is that many of the landscape .jpg photos I have are
    indexed properly, but others are not. The landscape photos that cannot be
    searched (not indexed) are all in were taken on the certain days, but I can
    find any particular pattern.

    What this means to me is that these landscape photos are not indexed for
    some weird reasons, perhaps some attributes in the photo files preventing
    them from being indexed, but I have no idea how to correct that.

    I have tried the following, but with no success:

    1) Moving the unsearchable photo files to another folder where other
    landscape photos are searchable.
    2) Rebuild the index
    3) Rotate the unsearchable photos (within the folder windows) to portrait,
    4) Went to the Microsoft website and found this article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932989

    If I open the unsearchable photo with Adobe photo elements and save them
    again in a jpg format, then it becomes searchable.

    But I have about 6,000 photos, and would take forever to correct this
    problem this way.

    I would really appreciate help in this from someone.
    Thanks in advance.


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  2. #2


    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: photo files not indexed or serchable

    On Tue, 17 Jul 2007 19:42:03 -0700, slimdusty96
    <slimdusty96@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >If I open the unsearchable photo with Adobe photo elements and save them
    >again in a jpg format, then it becomes searchable.
    >
    >But I have about 6,000 photos, and would take forever to correct this
    >problem this way.
    >
    >I would really appreciate help in this from someone.
    >Thanks in advance.


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