Windows Desktop Search - find "phot" but not "photo" and similar

jimlad2

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This is a resurection of an old unresolved Vista Post, and it also happens in Windows 7.
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Original subject - Start Menu - program search issue
I use Windows Mail for my daily email tasks, and would like to be able to
open the program by using the vista search bar built into the start menu. The
problem is, when i search for "mai" it brings up Windows Mail, and I can hit
enter and load the program. However, when I search for "mail", it returns:
"No items match your search." I have it set to index both the start menu and
my programs directory, and have even tried to rebuild the index.

It seems kind of strange that Vista would recognize that when I type "mai" I
want my mail programs, but when I actually type "mail", it gets confused...
and this in turn has -me- confused.
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Oh thank goodness, I've finally found someone else with the same problem.
The word I have issues with is "photo" ("phot" works great, but no results
for "photo"). Not a show-stopper, but WHY!?
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I've noticed the same thing with Windows Desktop Search in Windows 7. After some experimenting I think I have the reason why, but not a fix.

It seems to em that mail and photo are probably used as "kind =" prefixes in Windows search, and even if you enter photo with out the "kind =", it must ASSUME "kind =". I found that if I put photo in quotes it works fine.

The problem with this solution, is knowing which words to treat as "kind =" prefixes, as, as far as I can see from the drop down menu photo and mail are not in the drop down option for "kind =", only E-mail and picture. Perhaps a hangover of the original programing.

Does anyone know of a solution for this?
 

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