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Windows 7: Windows Explorer search behaviour problem


29 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Windows Explorer search behaviour problem

Hi,
I have found this strange little bug in the quick search feature. There are pictures on my CompactFlash memory. I was searching for a specific file (with the number "2755" in the name), and the search gave me no results. After manual search, i found it:

Windows Explorer search behaviour problem-w7search1.png

But still, the Search can not find it:
Windows Explorer search behaviour problem-w7search2.png

Maybe it's because my Flash drive is ancient and slow?
Or, because it is removable?
Or, because it is formatted in FAT32?

Any thoughts? Just thought it was weird.




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29 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I have noticed a similar thing with search it seems partial filenames are not detected properly.
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29 May 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

Drive has nothing to do with it.
Windows Explorer Search in Windows 7 is different from one in XP.

To search for that file you would have to type:
*2755*.RAF

*- any symbols
and file extension is mandatory
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29 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neutron16 View Post
Drive has nothing to do with it.
Windows Explorer Search in Windows 7 is different from one in XP.

To search for that file you would have to type:
*2755*.RAF

*- any symbols
and file extension is mandatory
Thanks. The asterisk did really help, did NOT need to specify file extension, though: "*2755*" did the trick.
Funny, i thought we live in a day and age, where regular expressions are optional, not mandatory.
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29 May 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

Quote:
did NOT need to specify file extension
I guess for some files. I have tried on PDF, and it would show nothing without specifying extension PDF.
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29 May 2011   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by batukhan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neutron16 View Post
Drive has nothing to do with it.
Windows Explorer Search in Windows 7 is different from one in XP.

To search for that file you would have to type:
*2755*.RAF

*- any symbols
and file extension is mandatory
Thanks. The asterisk did really help, did NOT need to specify file extension, though: "*2755*" did the trick.
Yes, the asterisk is what it always was...a wildcard character, and you only need the leading asterisk. And you are correct in stating that the file extension is not needed.

Quote:
Funny, i thought we live in a day and age, where regular expressions are optional, not mandatory.
In reality, in this age where we have more and more (and more) data, we need these expressions to narrow the field and speed up searches. Speaking from the angle of one who 'dismissed' Win 7 search as pointlessly complicated, taking the time to educate yourself on the set up of search and the search syntax (filters, expression and use of) is rewarded by a very comprehensive and effective search engine.

You can also use Boolean expressions (and even in conjunction with filters). Here are a few links to some helpful Search resources:

1st, a recent thread where a poster is asking how to find only selected multiple file types:

Is it possible to search for multiple file types in Windows 7?

And other helpful links:

Windows Search - Configure and Use

Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax

Become a Windows Search ninja with Advanced Query Syntax | Ed Bott's Windows Expertise

And it really isn't overly complicated as I at first thought. Intricate would be a better term. Win 7 search's greatest flaw is that it seems inaccesible to the masses, and indeed, for some, it is. Perhaps the next iteration will be a bit simpler.

James
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29 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

[QUOTE=James Colbert;1421297]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by batukhan View Post
In reality, in this age where we have more and more (and more) data, we need these expressions to narrow the field and speed up searches. Speaking from the angle of one who 'dismissed' Win 7 search as pointlessly complicated, taking the time to educate yourself on the set up of search and the search syntax (filters, expression and use of) is rewarded by a very comprehensive and effective search engine.

You can also use Boolean expressions (and even in conjunction with filters). Here are a few links to some helpful Search resources:

1st, a recent thread where a poster is asking how to find only selected multiple file types:

Is it possible to search for multiple file types in Windows 7?

And other helpful links:

Windows Search - Configure and Use

Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax

Become a Windows Search ninja with Advanced Query Syntax | Ed Bott's Windows Expertise

And it really isn't overly complicated as I at first thought. Intricate would be a better term. Win 7 search's greatest flaw is that it seems inaccesible to the masses, and indeed, for some, it is. Perhaps the next iteration will be a bit simpler.

James
Yes, well, in my case, it narrowed the search results down to zero. You're right, it is not for the masses, i think that's a problem. I'm all for the use of complex search queries, just don't make it mandatory.
Thanks for the links, will check them out!
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