Quote: Originally Posted by cincihal
With windows 7 I don't seem to be able to find an advanced search option like XP has. I am trying to bring up multiple file types in a certain directory. In other words, in the programx directory, I want to find all files with the extension .aaa, .bbb, and .ccc. How do I do this in Windows 7?
As has already been suggested, a superb ALTERNATIVE to the Windows 7 search is a fabulous little product named Everything
It is much simpler to use than Windows 7's search, and it is based on an index that it maintains in realtime anytime you do anything relating to file names. As you type your search (using whatever intuitive full/partial or wildcard syntax you can dream up, limited to a drive or not, limited to a folder or not, etc., etc., etc... exactly as you'd intuitively hope for) the "hit list" appears on the screen. The more you type, the shorter is the "hit list"... exactly as you'd expect. The search of the index is occurring simultaneous with your typing, so the search is effectively INSTANTANEOUS.
And the "hit list" is of course Explorer-compatible, so there's a right-click context menu on files selected from that "hit list", etc., etc.
Yes, Windows 7's search is powerful and sophisticated. Is it as simple and straightforward as the old WinXP search? No. Is Everything truly everything you wanted in a quick-and-easy filename search? Yes. There's an object running in the System Tray, you right-click on it and select "new search", and then start typing in the window that appears. Could not be easier, more intuitive, or speedier.
Just try it. You'll like it, I'm sure. It is totally independent of Windows 7's search and does not preclude your also using Windows 7's search.