How to Pause or Stop Windows Indexing Feature in Windows 10

Windows indexing is a good feature that will make file searching run faster in Windows. But, when the actual indexing task is running, it consumes a lot of processor, memory and disk resources. In the end, it will significantly slow down your PC, a lot. If you think you don’t really need this feature, you can easily pause or stop the indexing feature.

How to Stop Windows from Indexing a drive or folder

In the following example, I will stop the indexing feature on an external drive. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Explorer
  2. Right-click the drive and then click Properties
  3. In the General tab, uncheck the option that says: Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.

It will take some time to finish this process. Especially on a large drive.

Another way to manage the indexing service in Windows is via ├Ćndexing Options in Control Panel.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type “Indexing Option” and you should see the Indexing Options listed there. Click it to open
  3. You will see some folders that are listed for indexing
  4. Click Modify and remove the folder you want to exclude from indexing.

I would prefer to use third-party software such as Everything that does the file searching/indexing a lot faster than the Windows Indexing feature. It does not consume resources as much as Windows indexing.


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