Windows Vista Indexer Sidebar Gadget

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 18, 2008
Updated • Dec 12, 2012
Search, Software

Ever wondered what and how the Windows Search Indexer is indexing your files in Windows Vista ? Wonder no more the Indexer Status Gadget displays information about the current indexing status and the number of indexed files in the Windows Vista sidebar. Don't be surprised to see 100K or even more items in the index.

The Indexer Status (via Genbeta) Gadget has another interesting function which is probably even more useful than displaying the information about the search indexing process. Users can pause and resume the Windows indexer which is excellent if you want to make sure that the application that you start in a few seconds will have all possible system resources available.

Users who have installed the Windows Live 4.0 search update which is a preview release can enable its Index Now feature in Indexer Status as well.

Update: Please note that the gadget has not been updated since 2008. While it may still very fine under Windows Vista and maybe even other versions of Windows, it is likely that it won't work in the future anymore. Please note that Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows do not support gadgets anymore.

This gadget displays status information for the Windows Search indexer.  It also allows you to pause and resume the indexer as well as quickly access the Indexing Options control panel.


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