Windows 8.1 will not find XLS files

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I'm on Windows 8.1. I'm searching for several of my files but I can't find them. The files are all .XLS. I used the Search Troubleshooter but there was nothing wrong. I recently did an update so I wonder if that's the problem. What should I look for?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    How did you search? You can try this trick, type ext:xls* or ext:xlsx* to file explorer search field, this will search all files with file extension starting with xls (xls, xlsx and so on), excel files. Or you can search through command prompt by navigate to the drive where expected the files were there, and type dir *.xls -s -h -r /s /d and hit enter key.
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  • bhannah
    I have to agree with the other comment. I would have made my search a bit more generic though *.xl* in my search. Make sure that the boxes in file explorer are set to display hidden and system files because it is possible that your Excel files have been set to become system and hidden. I would also do a very thorough A/V & Anti Malware scan to make sure that you have not picked up a virus that hid them.
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  • ToddN2000
    What type of update did you do, OS, Windows or something else? Have you tried looking for .XLSX or tried the other searches using the wildcard as mentioned above? Also like bhannah mentioned, do a virus scan to make sure you have not been hit by a virus like ransomware that rename or encrypts your data.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Can you find them? Do you know where any actually are supposed to be, and when you look there, do you see them?
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