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Searching in Windows Explorer

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:59 am
by jussij
By default when using the search features of Windows Explorer the search results returned are never an exact match.

However, you can use search filters to change the behaviour of the search, including exact match results.

Below are some examples of how you can control the search results:

  • Searching for debug will return everything with debug in any searchable meta-data
  • Searching for Name:debug returns everything with debug in the name
  • Searching with Name:=debug returns only those entries with names exactly matching debug
  • Searching for Extension:=.cpp returns any file with the .cpp file extension
  • Searching for EXT: .cpp OR .hpp returns any file with the .cpp or .hpp file extension (uppercase OR appears to be important)
  • Searching for datemodified:21/08/2019 returns any file changed on the date provided
  • Searching for datemodified:>=21/08/2019 returns any file changed on or after the date provided

These commands can also be combined:

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extension:.cpp datemodified:21/08/2019

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EXT: .cpp OR .hpp datemodified:>=17/08/2019
Cheers Jussi

Re: Searching in Windows Explorer

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:49 am
by jussij
You can also search for items of a given size:

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size: >= 128mb
Or use the one of the predefined size size ranges.

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Empty   : 0kb files
Tiny    : 0-10kb
Small   : 10-100kb
Medium  : 100kb-1mb
Large   : 1mb-16mb
Huge    : 16mb-128mb
Gigantic: larger than 128mb
For example searching for Huge files can be done as follows:

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size: >= Huge