OFF2000: How to Turn Off the Find Fast Indexer

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This article explains how to turn off the Find Fast Indexer that is included with Office.

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Find Fast Overview

When you install Office, a program called Find Fast is added to the Control Panel. When you start your computer, the Office program located in the Startup folder automatically runs Find Fast. When Find Fast runs, it creates a hidden index on each of the hard disk drives on your computer. These indexes contain words, titles, and OLE properties for each file on that drive. The indexes help speed up finding and opening files when you use the Advanced Find and Open commands in the Office programs.

For additional information about the Find Fast Indexer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
205289 OFF2000: Overview of Find Fast Indexer
If you attempt to turn off the Find Fast control panel by removing the Microsoft Office program from the Startup folder, the following problems may occur:

  • The index files are not removed from the hard disk. The size of these index files depends on the number and size of Office documents and files stored on your computer.
  • Office programs continue to use the existing index files whenever you click Open on the File menu. When you turn off Find Fast by removing the Office shortcut, the index files are not updated as you create, delete, or modify documents. This may prevent you from finding files you want or cause unnecessary delays when you open files.

Turn Off the Find Fast Indexer

To turn off Find Fast, delete the Find Fast index files by following these steps:
  1. On the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click Find Fast.
  3. In the "Index for documents in and below" list, click the first item.
  4. On the Index menu, click Delete Index. In the Delete Index dialog box, click OK. When you are prompted to delete the index, click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until no more indexes are listed.
  6. Click the Index menu. If the Run When I Log On check box is selected, click it to clear the check box.
  7. On the Index menu, click Close and Stop. If you are prompted to stop Find Fast, click OK.

To Remove the Find Fast Control Panel

To remove the Find Fast control panel, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings and click Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel. Click to select Microsoft Office 2000 in the list and click Add/Remove.
  2. In the Microsoft Office 2000 Maintenance Mode dialog box, click Add or Remove Features.
  3. In the Microsoft Office 2000: Update Features dialog box, expand the list of Office Tools components. Click Find Fast Control Panel and click Not Available. Click Update Now.

To Turn On Find Fast

To turn on Find Fast, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings and click Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel. Select Microsoft Office 2000 in the list and click Add/Remove.
  2. In the Microsoft Office 2000 Maintenance Mode dialog box, click Add or Remove Features.
  3. In the Microsoft Office 2000: Update Features dialog box, expand the list of Office Tools components. Click Find Fast Control Panel and click Run from My Computer. Click Update Now.

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Article ID: 199787 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Standard Edition
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