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Quickfinder Info Files Clogging Up C Drive


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#1 E-ticket-lizabeth

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:22 PM

Starting in July or so, my computer began saving "QuickFinder information files" individually on my C drive. There are so many of them, it's hard to find my other files & folders. Is there an easy way to delete them (without having to click a thousand or more files), and is there a way to stop the infestation? :thumbsup:

I don't know what sort of files these are, exactly--they just say QuickFinder info file and have the .idx extension, which doesn't help me pinpoint them. Trying to open them just brings up the error message that Windows can't open the file without knowing what program created it--hey, I want to know what program created this mess, too! :flowers:

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:37 PM

By any chance, do you have WordPerfect?

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:55 PM

yes, I do. I've had it for years, and it's never done this before (at least, not visibly!) Please, please don't tell me I have to get rid of it. It's SO much better for making labels & such than Word! :thumbsup:
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:02 PM

Ah-ha.

Quickfinder is related to WordPerfect, or rather WordPerfect pays Novell for using it in its program. Next question: What version of WordPerfect do you use?

Are you able to delete those quickfinder information files?

No, you do not have to get rid of WordPerfect. We just have to keep QuickFinder from creating all those blasted files.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:45 PM

If they are temp files, which they well might be you can use the Windows cleanup utility to get rid of them.

Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the drive these files is in (probably C:)
Choose "Properties"
Press the "Disk Cleanup" button

After it scans and populates the list choose only the "Temp" files to delete.

Let us know.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:54 PM

They are indexing files, and they are not placed in a temporary directory. QuickFinder creates files to allow the user to search for phrases within a document as well as for the title when looking for a specific document. Nice, but expensive in terms of space and resources, so unless this is actually needed, disabling QuickFinder will prevent that from happening without causing difficulties for the user. In this case, QuickFinder is packaged with WordPerfect, though generally not if it is an OEM installation. QuickFinder is also available as a separate utility.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:59 PM

If they are only directional listings of files (like prefetch is) and not the full files itself, it would only take a very small amount of room, even if hundreds were listed.

Check to see how much space is actually being taken.
That sounds like a very useful tool which I do not see in MS Word.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:33 PM

Okay, here is how you can stop the automatic indexing, but still have the QuickFinder search features available. Incidentally, you can use it to search for ANY document, not just WordPerfect documents.

Anyway: Go to Start then all programs then WordPerfect Office (where-ever you happen to have it on your menu) then Utilities then finally click on QuickFinder Manager. A small window will open up. Click on the QuickFinder Configuration tab on the top and to the right. Now uncheck the box that says Enable QuickFinder automatic updates. This should take care of the problem.

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