How to exclude file type(s) from Windows Search indexing

If you want to hide certain file types from Windows 11 or Windows 10 search results, this article will help you.

For example, suppose you don’t want to see certain types of photos or videos appear in Windows search results. In that case, you need to configure your computer to exclude these file types in indexing searches.

In Windows, you can show or hide file types in search results. So, for example, if you don’t want to see JPEG photos in the search results, you can add that file type to the exclusion list on your computer. Then it will not appear in the search results.

Exclude file type or file extension from indexing in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Click the Search button in the taskbar. In the search window type: Indexing Options, click on the Indexing Options result.

Indexing Options

Click the Advanced button to open the advanced indexing options.

Advanced options in Indexing Options in Windows

Click on the File Types tab. Next, to not index certain file types (extensions) in the Windows search results, uncheck the extension you do not wish to index here. You can also add a new file extension to the indexing at the bottom.

Prevent file types from indexing in Windows Search

After you have adjusted the indexing, you need to rebuild the index. You do this by going to the Index Settings tab, then under troubleshooting, click on Rebuild.

Rebuild Windows indexing

The Windows search index will now be rebuilt. I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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