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Windows 7: I don't want to search file contents

16 May 2013   #1
rowanbradley

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
I don't want to search file contents

It seems that I am the only person in the world who wants this, but in nearly all circumstances, I find it a nuisance that Windows Explorer searches in the contents of all files, even if it's impressively fast doing it. I try to give files meaningful and relevant names. All searching the contents does is give me loads of hits for files that happen to have somewhere in them the keyword I'm looking for, but are not relevant to me.

Surely there must be a way of just searching in the file names? But I can't find it. Please can you help me?

I'm not saying that occasionally the ability to search file contents is not useful, so I don't want to get rid of his altogether. I justdon't want to search contents by default.

Thanks - Rowan


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16 May 2013   #2
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rowanbradley View Post
Surely there must be a way of just searching in the file names? But I can't find it. Please can you help me?
Simple, where on earth and how have you searched an answer if you have not found this?

Search using filename (or shortly name) filter.
Both of these searches would only search the given string (keyword) in filenames, not in contents:
  • filename:KEYWORD
  • name:KEYWORD
Tutorials:
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22 May 2013   #3
pcunite

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You might file FileSearchEX more intuitive for this task.
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11 Jan 2014   #4
JeffeVerde

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rowanbradley View Post
It seems that I am the only person in the world who wants this, but in nearly all circumstances, I find it a nuisance that Windows Explorer searches in the contents of all files . . .
I'm with you, Rowan. Easily 99.8% of my searches are for a file or folder, not a content keyword (I vaguely recall doing a content search once -- several years ago).
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