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Index search can't find some .jpg photos in landscape

by slimdusty96 / July 17, 2007 12:24 PM PDT

This is a weird problem to me, and it?s driving me insane.

I have many photos in .jpg format, all in the "Pictures" folder. Most of them I can find in ?Search? by typing in the name of the photo file, but certain ones I can't. After hours of testing to see what the problem might be, I noticed that these are all in landscape (as opposed to portrait).

E.g. I have a folder that has 7 photos in it, 5 of them in portrait and 2 in landscape. When I click the "Name" option located at the top left of the folder window (just left to the "date taken" and ?tags? options), and then click on all the alphabet icons the come up, only the 5 photos in portrait can be found.

The same happens when I click on "tags" option located at the top of the folder window; only the 5 would come up when I click on the tags icons that come up, even though all 7 photos are given exactly the same tags.

The strangest thing is that many of the landscape .jpg photos I have are indexed properly, but others are not. The landscape photos that cannot be searched (not indexed) are all in were taken on the certain days, but I can find any particular pattern.

What this means to me is that these landscape photos are not indexed for some weird reasons, perhaps some attributes in the photo files preventing them from being indexed, but I have no idea how to correct that.

I have tried the following, but with no success:

1) Moving the unsearchable photo files to another folder where other landscape photos are searchable.
2) Rebuild the index
3) Rotate the unsearchable photos (within the folder windows) to portrait,
4) Went to the Microsoft website and found this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932989

If I open the unsearchable photo with Adobe photo elements and save them again in a jpg format, then it becomes searchable.
But I have about 6,000 photos, and would take forever to open them individually and to same them.

I would really appreciate help in this from someone.

Thanks in advance.

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