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Windows 7: How to Add a Search Filter to Windows Explorer

29 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
How to Add a Search Filter to Windows Explorer

When I'm browsing local/network drives in Windows 7, the Search box (upper right in any Explorer window) only offers two filters "Date Modified" and "Size".

The "Add a Search Filter" is grayed out. Frustrating!!

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Here's some info on search filters that are available to be added-- but I haven''t figured out how to add them yet:

•Date Created: Searches according to when the file was created. You can select the date (or a range of dates) from a mini-calendar that appears.

•Kind: Search for files of a specific type as selected from the drop-down list that appears when you click the Kind option.

•Type: Searches based on certain file types by extension, such as .pdf, .jpg, or .docx.

•Name: Searches by filename. You can enter all or part of the filename in the search text box after the Name filter.

•Tags: This filter lets you search for a file by the tags assigned to it. Enter one or more tags after the Tags filter in the Search text box.

•Authors: Search for file by a particular author. Enter an author name after the Authors filter in the Search text box or select the name from the drop-down list that appears. (This filter is called Artists when searching audio files.)

Your support and guidance is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! (this is my first post)

Thanks,
Mark...

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29 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mark, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may help. Be sure to look at the yellow TIP box in OPTION TWO as well.

Search in Windows 7

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. I reviewed this page before posting-- but unfortunately it does not directly answer my question-- how to add a Search Filter. Why is "Add a Search Filter" grayed out? Is it contextual? Are available options based on whether a drive is indexed or not?

I do, however, have additional search filters when I'm using the Search box within Librares. However, using Windows Explorer on a local or network share, I only have two filters available: "Date Modified" and "Size".

Is there a registry key I can add?
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29 Jul 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

"Add a Search Filter" is just a title, so it will always remain grayed out. To actually add a search filter, you would need to click in the search box, click on a filter (ex: Date modified), select the options in that filter, then repeat to add another filter to the search. You will only have the filters available under "Add a Search Filter" to use though.
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29 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Ridiculously obvious question-- Why would Microsoft word a "title" like a "command"?! Better to have: "Available Searches".

I DO very much appreciate your reply-- but it still does not address the problem. For example, how would I search by Author without typing the search phrase "Author:". Why isn't author an available option, as "Date Modified" and "Size" are? Our users will not learn or use Advanced Query Syntax.

Does this involve indexing or not?

THANK YOU!
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29 Jul 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Mark,

Unfortunately, unless the filter was listed under "Add a Search Filter" to select from, you would have to manually type the "Author:" search option in the search box.

The Windows Blog
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26 Aug 2010   #7

win 7
 
 

Hello guys,

Is there any way to return to XP type search? I find this windows 7 searching VERY irritating, confusing, and not as user friendly... for example I cannot search a file where the search request forms part of the NAME of the file. The options seem to be missing and the only two user choices are DATE and SIZE... which is really annoying when XP had so much more to make a search specific.

What are microsoft doing with this Windows 7 search, it is really awful.

Sadly,

Mark.
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12 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
I DO very much appreciate your reply-- but it still does not address the problem. For example, how would I search by Author without typing the search phrase "Author:". Why isn't author an available option, as "Date Modified" and "Size" are? Our users will not learn or use Advanced Query Syntax.
I very much agree. The UI for searching the file system in Windows 7 Explorer is absolutely brain-dead.

Yes, have a simple search box for just providing a bit of text to search for, but Windows MUST MUST MUST provide an expanded drop-down box (or something: design it right program managers!) that allows "point and click" selection of other properties, such as size, filename, modified date, etc. We should not have to memorize the Advanced Query Syntax to get to these slightly more advanced searches. It's really sad that I can search the entire Internet with more ease and richness (both!) than my local hard drive.
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12 Apr 2011   #9

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If you want to search directories in Explorer, you might like to try this;

Classic Shell Add On Buttons

<Add a search filter using Everything>

Regards....Mike Connor
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12 Apr 2011   #10

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MJacobs View Post
Ridiculously obvious question-- Why would Microsoft word a "title" like a "command"?! Better to have: "Available Searches".

I DO very much appreciate your reply-- but it still does not address the problem. For example, how would I search by Author without typing the search phrase "Author:". Why isn't author an available option, as "Date Modified" and "Size" are? Our users will not learn or use Advanced Query Syntax.

Does this involve indexing or not?

THANK YOU!
Windows search provides filters based on the tags present in the files being searched. This is the reason that Authors changes to Artists when searching Music files. So, yes, it does depend on what is indexed in the current folder you are searching. Therefore, when you're searching a networked drive that is not indexed, it has no idea what files are in there and can't intelligently and preemptively provide the Authors tags based on knowledge that there are files with Authors attributes in there. Does that make sense?

What happens when you just search an author's name without using the search filter?
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