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Change Default Search Options (Windows XP)

These settings allow you to change the default search options used to search for files and folders on Windows XP.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Modify the following values, setting them to "1" to select the parameter as a default or "0" as unselected.

  • CaseSensitive - Case sensitive
  • IncludeSubFolders - Search subfolders
  • SearchHidden - Search hidden files and folders
  • SearchSlowFiles - Search tape backup
  • SearchSystemDirs - Search system folders
You may need to log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|CaseSensitiveREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|IncludeSubFoldersREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|SearchHiddenREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|SearchSlowFilesREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|SearchSystemDirsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = unselected, 1 = selected)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: February 23, 2002