Question by Ted Pack: Why won’t Windows 7 Explorer find certain words?
The Windows 7 “Explorer” will find files pretty well. It will find documents that have certain words in them, sometimes. Sometimes it won’t. Just now it successfully found all the files in a certain folder that had the word “prophet” in them, but failed miserably to find all the files that had the word “stub” in them.
Same explorer, same set of files, same kind of files (HTML), same file properties, same typist typing in the same window; different results.
I know there are files there with the word “stub” in them. W7 can’t (or won’t) find them. It isn’t word length; it showed me every file in the folder when I asked for files with the word “the” in them.
The folder in question is the local copy of my church’s web site. We post sermons there, but only for two years. Then I change the sermon to a stub; just the title, and a note saying we delete sermons after two years at our minister’s request “lest age wither or custom stale her endless variety”, and another line saying “we’ll leave this stub here until the search engines drop it from the index.”
I searched for almost every word in the quote from Shakespeare just now, one word at a time, and it would not bring up the stub sermons.
AH HA! The HTML file has
so that the search engines WON’T index it. Is the Windows 7 explorer following that instruction just like the Googlebot is?
That was it – I put the meta tag into a complete sermon just now, searched for a word, W7 refused to find it. Took it out, the file popped up.
This was one of those times when trying to explain the problem inspired the answer.
Answer by fallibledragon
Hahha, really? This is bad design. “stub” is a word that appears a lot inside computer programs (.exe files), and it sounds like they’ve just ignored those so that you don’t get a lot of programs appearing in your search results, instead of actually fixing the search system so it can tell the difference.
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