Index Zip File Contents for Searching in Windows 7

As hard drive capacities increase, the search function is a necessity when trying to access your files. If you would like to add the contents of zipped files to your searching, follow this guide.

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Adding Zip File Contents When Searching

To include zip file contents when searching in Windows 7, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button and click on Computer
  2. Press the ALT key and click Tools > Folder OptionsIndex Zip File Contents for Searching in Windows 7 - 1
  3. Under the Search tab, check Include compressed files, and click OKIndex Zip File Contents for Searching in Windows 7 - 2

Now, when you search, you’ll be able to find compressed files.

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5 thoughts on “Windows 7: Index Zip File Contents for Searching [How To]”

  1. Bill_macaulay says:

    This setting seems to find file names, but not the content of files (e.g. inside a Word document), correct? Or am I missing something?

    1. yes sir says:

      missing something

  2. Test says:

    I click on “Start” but “Computer” isn’t an option. So now what???

    1. Rich says:

      Hold the Windows Key and press E

  3. Billteud says:

    You say “Index Zip File Contents”, but that option is for “non-indexed locations”.  I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.

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