How to Hide Certain File Types from Windows 11/10’s Search Results?


Windows 11/10 OS allows you to display and hide file types from appearing in the search results. For example, if you don’t want to see any PNG images in the search results, you need to add that file type to the exclusion list on your computer. After that, Windows will stop appearing that file type in the search results.

If you want to hide files from search results On Windows 11/10, this risewindows article will demonstrate how to do it.

How to Hide Certain File Types Appearing on Windows 11/10 Search Results?

To block or hide certain file types appearing on Windows 11 search results, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, click on the Start button on the taskbar to open the Start menu on your PC.

Step 2. Now, in the search bar, type Indexing Options.

Step 3. Click Indexing Options in the search results to open it.

Step 4. Then, on the “Indexing Options” window that appears, click the Advanced button.

Step 5. After that, on the “Advanced Options” window, click the File Types tab.

Step 6. Next, in the “File Types” tab, you will see all the file formats that Windows 11 /10 currently displays in its search results. To exclude a file type from the index, uncheck that type in the list.

Quick Note: If the file format is not listed in the “File Types” tab, then click “Add new extension to list” at the bottom, type the file extension that you want to include in the list, and click the Add to add it to the list.

Step 7.  Navigate to the Index Settings tab.

Step 8. Click on the Rebuild button. This action will create a new search index and remove deselected extensions.

Step 9. Then, click on the OK button to continue rebuilding the index.

In the “Indexing Options” window, at the top, you will see the current status of the index building. Depending on how many files there are on your PC, it may take several minutes to rebuild the index.

After the index is rebuilt, your excluded file types should no longer appear in your search results.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.!!!

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