I may be the only person still using Windows Desktop search, but I like it! I can call up the interface with a simple shortcut, using the shortcut key properties:

... and to index efficiently you can select the types of files that should be searched in the advanced options. However, I noticed quite early on that I was not getting the hits I was expecting. After reviewing the 'Index file types as text' I realized that I was missing some critical files types that only developers would be interested in.

Adding the following files seemed to do the trick:
.ascx; .asp; .aspx; .chm; .config; .log4net; .pst; .resx; .sql


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