Last Reviewed:  October 17, 2017

Use dtSearch Instead of Windows Search

Normally we recommend the Windows Search engine over FileCenter Professional's dtSearch engine (formerly called Advanced Search). Windows Search handles indexing in real-time, handles shared indexes on the network better, and has a more natural and powerful search language.

But Windows Search isn't suited for every environment, like when the network files aren't stored on a Windows machine. In these cases, dtSearch may be your only option. To switch to dtSearch, do the following:

  1. Go to FileCenter's Settings
  2. Select Search on the left
  3. Select Enable dtSearch and set the Default Search Engine to dtSearch
  4. Still in Settings, select dtSearch Indexing on the left
  5. Select Enable Auto Indexing
  6. Select each of the network cabinets you want to index
  7. Establish a time for the indexer to run each day
  8. Click OK
  9. Repeat on your other workstations

The indexes will generate the next time the indexer runs. To force them to generate immediately:

  1. Go to the Cabinets button on the main toolbar
  2. Select the Indexing tab
  3. Put a checkmark next to each cabinet you'll be indexing
  4. Select Full for the Index Type
  5. Click Start Indexer

IMPORTANT: dtSearch is only available in FileCenter Professional.