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Windows 7: how to search for file in a specific period

09 Jul 2011   #1
dgudgel

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how to search for file in a specific period

What is the right way to search for mpg files that saved last week I put the search in this manner. *.mpg 7/1/2011 - 7/7/2011 It said it couldn't find a file but I know I saved a couple in the past week.


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09 Jul 2011   #2
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Alas, that is one of several useful items Microsoft decided you don't need or want so it was removed.

I use a free third party software called Agent Ransack to handle all but the simplest file search functions:

Agent Ransack - Download

Regards,
GEWB
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09 Jul 2011   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Code:
ext:.mpg date:earlier this week
?... or
Code:
ext:.mpg date:7/1/2011..7/7/2011
I don't know what you are going on about GEWB, but the search built into Windows supports this just fine.

You can replace "date" with "created", "modified", "accessed" depending on what date you are looking for.
As far as I know, "date" is based on "modified" that could be wrong however.
And depending on how your system is setup, "accessed" may well never change.
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09 Jul 2011   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dgudgel View Post
What is the right way to search for mpg files that saved last week I put the search in this manner. *.mpg 7/1/2011 - 7/7/2011 It said it couldn't find a file but I know I saved a couple in the past week.
Just as a suggestion for a Windows Search alternative, you might try a simple but powerful 3rd-party product named "SearchMyFiles". It's an on-the-fly mechanism, but it's intuitive and could certainly handle your request.

Alternatively, you could install another 3rd-party product named "Everything", which is an indexed-based search tool. It's search window is lightning-fast, and as you type more of your search value (including wild cards) the displayed list gets smaller. You could then just sort on the "modified date" column, and you'd probably see exactly what you were looking for. All partitions are indexed, subject to your setup options, and everything you do is automatically indexed in realtime. So you always have a successful search for anything anywhere, right up to just an instant ago.
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09 Jul 2011   #5
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
I don't know what you are going on about GEWB, but the search built into Windows supports this just fine.

You can replace "date" with "created", "modified", "accessed" depending on what date you are looking for.
My bad - you are correct. I shouldn't have replied when I was in a hurry. I should have at least expanded/explained that my response was related to the former search GUI of previous versions of Windows (discussed ad-nausium in many forums). The present "quasi-command line" function works well once the commands/syntax are learned and applied.

Thanks for the correction.

Regards,
GEWB
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09 Jul 2011   #6
dgudgel

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MS must have changed something around because before when I was searching in a certain time frame this format worked just fine. 7/06/2011 - 7/07/2011 or even other formats worked well too. I'll look around for the combination that works now. I just remembered that I have installed a new pack recently which might have made the change. Service pack one I think it was.
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09 Jul 2011   #7
dgudgel

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this works. just be sure the day and month are two digits. this command worked *.mpg 07/01/2011 - 07/08/2011
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