How to enable or disable searching zipped files in Windows 11 internal search

This article teaches you how to enable or disable searching zipped files in Windows 11 internal search. Follow the tutorial, you will learn the way to enable or disable searching zipped files in Windows 11 internal search.

In preview articles, I mentioned “How to adjust Windows 11 search permission results” and “How to adjust Windows 11 search indexing“. You may know that Windows 11 internal search feature is very powerful to locate your files. However, if a file is zipped into a zip file, Windows 11 default internal search can’t find the zipped file. After the research, I got a way to make Windows 11 internal search feature support searching the zipped files without any additional software installed. It’s quite easy to enable searching zipped files in Windows 11 internal search.

  • Open “Options” of File explorer
  • Click “Search” on top navigation of Options
  • Enable “Include compressed files (Zip. CAB…)”
  • Click Apply and close this window.

This will increase the searching time a little, but worthy to enable.

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