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Windows 7: How To Search For Files Using File name Only In Windows 7

29 May 2012   #1
Chris Nicola

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
 
 
How To Search For Files Using File name Only In Windows 7

I have followed the instructions to search for files in Windows 7 but have found the process very slow and the results bring up lots of irrelevant files.

Find a file or folder

By comparison the search companion on XP was much faster and got more relevant results based on file name. If that didn't work there was the option of searching for text within the file.

For example I know inside a folder there is a sub folder with the file I am looking for and I know part of the name. Is there a way to make Win 7 search for results based only on the file name? In most cases that would be a lot simpler. Otherwise win 7 will look in the contents of the file which is a time waster.

Your thoughts woyuld be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Chris


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29 May 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you done any system tweaking to alter the default behavior? I see several people complain about the search function, but to be honest, it puts Windows XP's to shame. I use it often to find files by name, and it works beautifully.
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29 May 2012   #3
Chris Nicola

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
 
 

I have all my drives index linked for faster searching. I am using Win 7 32 bit with a duo core E5500 2.8 Ghz x2 and 3 Gbt Ram. I have no idea if I did anything in the past that might change default search behaviour. I did install something that allows folders to be moved around instead of the default grid positions. I also installed a psd file icon viewer that required some registry changes. I can't think of anything else.

Kind Regards

Chris
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29 May 2012   #4
snowdude

7 x64
 
 

If you want the XP style search back you might find this interesting:

Can I restore the XP style search to Windows 7? - Microsoft Answers
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29 May 2012   #5
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Can you explain the exact process and search strings you've used so far, the goal of the search, and the results you've gotten?
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30 May 2012   #6
leonvictor2012

windows XP2 32 bit
 
 

No need for anything complicated. Just type what you're looking for. If it's in the file name, those results will be returned first, above any results where your search term is inside the file.
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30 May 2012   #7
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This might help - Search file names only

Quote:
You can search by just about whatever you want, using search filters. If you want to search by name, just go to the search box and use the name: filter, like this:

name:epson
Although listed as obsolete after Windows XP this page also states the filter "filename:" which also works but may be better. Many other filters listed as well.

And - Search file names only, READ FULL POST, don't recommend.
Quote:
The setting is in Explorer, right click on drive properties, and under general tab, clear checkbox titled "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties".

However
BTW by default W7 only searches contents in indexed locations and it is not recommended to index entire drives.
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30 May 2012   #8
Chris Nicola

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
 
 

Thank you all for your comments. I have downloaded agent ransack recommended in one of the links and will try it out.

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

As an example of the problem I have been experiencing I might type in a simple expression in the search box like julia and end up with a never ending search with hundreds of irrelevant results including file types that have nothing to do with what I am searchihng for. I have no idea how to include filters in the search criteria. For example if I just want to search for jpg files or doc files what do I need to do?

Kind Regards

Chris
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30 May 2012   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

You don't need any third party software to do a search for documents with "julia" in the name.

Search in Windows 7
Windows Search - Configure and Use
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30 May 2012   #10
Chris Nicola

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for your thoughts.

As an example using the Win 7 search utility I typed in Julia in the start menu and got 3655 results. Admittedly for some reason this time it was very fast and took about 10-15 seconds. However, 95% of of the 3655 search results did not have julia in the file name and it would have taken me a long time to find what I was looking for.

I tried the agent ransack utility and it took 4 and a half minutes and got 177 results and it was much easier to find what I was looking for.

Then I installed the Everything search utility and was blown away with its speed. The first time it ran it took about 10 to 15 seconds to do the initial search or index the drive or whatever. After that it ran like lightning. I typed in Julia and it searched my entire computer and got 119 results which was just what I was looking for in less than one second. I tried various other words and as soon as I had typed the last letter of the word all the results were there instantly. I am definitely keeping this programme.

I suspect though that I still need to learn how to get the best results from the Windows 7 search utility. I don't know if its possible to search using file name only or apply filters to the search.

Kind Regards

Chris
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