Troubleshooting: Create a “Search and Indexing Troubleshoot” Shortcut

If you want to Create a “Search and Indexing Troubleshoot” Shortcut in Windows 7 and 8, refer to the instructions below.

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What is Indexing Service?

Indexing Service is also known as Index server. It was a Windows service that maintained an index of files on a computer to improve searching performance on computer networks. It updates indexes without interference of users. Nowadays in Windows 7 and 8, this feature is replaced by Windows Search.

The indexing service can be been turned on. The index service has been built in such a way that it can be searched in three ways. In Windows 7 the search option available from the Start Menu on the Windows Taskbar uses the indexing service whereas in Windows 8, the Search of Charms Bar separately handles Apps Indexing and Settings indexing. If the Indexing feature is once enabled it even accepts complex queries. Queries are performed using either the Indexing Service Query Form in the Computer Management snap-in of Microsoft Management Console, or by using third-party applications such as ‘Aim at File’ or ‘Grokker Desktop’.


The following tutorial helps you to learn to create a search and Indexing troubleshoot Shortcut in Windows 7 and 8.

Steps to Create a “Search and Indexing Troubleshoot” Shortcut

1. Right click on a empty area on desktop and click on New-> Click on Shortcut.

Open New Shortcut

2. Now type the following command %systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id SearchDiagnostic -> Click Next.

Search Diagnostic Command

3. Name the shortcut as Search and Indexing Troubleshoot-> Click Finish.

Name as Search and Indexing

4. Your shortcut is ready.

Search and Indexing Troubleshoot

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