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How to control initial indexing

When you first install Curiosity and connect sources, the app does two things:
It temporarily downloads your data from cloud sources (e.g. Gmail)
It indexes your data to make it searchable

Indexing needs a lot of CPU (computing power), so you might experience your computer slowing down or hear the fan start. CPU usage during indexing varies depending how much data you have. After the first run it should drop to basically zero.

How long does indexing take?

Indexing can take between a few minutes and a few hours to complete: It depends on how much data you have and how powerful your computer is.

How can I control indexing?

There are two ways of controlling how Curiosity indexes your data to make sure it doesn't interfere with your work:
You can pause indexing, and
You can schedule when indexing happens

How to pause indexing?

To pause indexing, click on the ⏸ (Pause) button in the left menu:
The first click will pause for 5minutes
Then you can choose to pause for 2 hours, a day, or a week

To resume indexing, click the ▶️ (Resume content indexing) button in the left menu.

How to schedule indexing?

To schedule indexing for a time when it won't disturb you:
In the left bar, click on the cog (⚙️) icon to open Preferences
Scroll down to the section File indexing
Click and drag on the green tiles 🟩 to turn off indexing for times/days

⬜️ The app won't index during these times
🟩 The app will index during these times

The free version of the app indexes fast. Paid versions (including Trials) can take longer because they also index file contents.

Updated on: 27/03/2023

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