Find Fast Does Not Index Password Protected Files

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Find Fast does not index password-protected documents.


Because password-protected documents are encrypted, they cannot be indexed. Find Fast does not index password-protected documents because they are not searchable files. Any references to file properties or content will not be addressed in the index


This behavior in Find Fast is by design to uphold the security and protection of your documents.

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Indexes are used to make file searches faster in Office programs. If the password-protected file is searched based on either "File name" or "Files of type" it will appear in the Open dialog box following the normal search criteria. However, searches for password-protected documents based on content or other properties internal to that file will not appear in the Open dialog box.

If an index finds a password-protected document, an entry is made in the Indexer log, Ffastlog.txt. When Find Fast updates an index, it logs events and errors in the log file Ffastlog.txt.

To view the indexer log file, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button on the Windows 95 taskbar, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. With the left mouse button, double-click the Find Fast icon.
  3. On the Index menu, click Show Indexer Log.
The Office Setup program installs Find Fast in the Windows 95 Startup folder so that all Office documents are indexed automatically at system startup and periodically at two-hour intervals. Find Fast must be able to gain access to document contents to successfully complete the indexing process.

The index includes information about document content and properties. Indexes are built according to file types and selected drives and folders. An index can cover the entire root directory, or smaller indexes can be configured to include certain folders. You can create as many indexes as you want as long as corresponding folders do not overlap.

Indexes use internal filters in the Office products to parse the files with the Office extensions (.doc, .dot, .xl*, .ppt, .pot, .obd, .obt, .mpp, .mpw, .mpt, .mpx). If Find Fast finds a format that is not an Office format, it queries the Windows 95 Registry to determine if any external converters are installed.

For additional information on the Find Fast feature, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
136386 WD: How Find Fast Determines Which Method to Use to Index Files


Article ID: 141012 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office 97 Standard Edition
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