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Windows 7: Searching Partial Matches

24 Nov 2009   #1

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Searching Partial Matches

Hey I can't get windows 7 to return partial matches when it searches.

Like I have a file 31313131.avi and I try to search for it in a folder and type "31" to search to find it quickly but it doesn't show up.

How can I get it so it shows up?

Thanks

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24 Nov 2009   #2
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

What happens if you type .avi in the start search box?
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24 Nov 2009   #3

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\My Documents\mypics\travisblog.jpg
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
What happens if you type .avi in the start search box?
It does return the file I am looking for along with the 4,000 other avi files.
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24 Nov 2009   #4

Win7 ultimate
 
 

did you try searching for *31*?
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24 Nov 2009   #5

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\My Documents\mypics\travisblog.jpg
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
did you try searching for *31*?
That did return the file, along with many other useless files names that do not contain the number "31" in it.


Windows XP search assistant seemed so easy and perfect and much faster. Everytime I search its like its loading the largest webpage in the world and takes over 20 seconds. And yea it's indexed.
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24 Nov 2009   #6

Win7 ultimate
 
 

this program is what I use

Download Everything
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24 Nov 2009   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
this program is what I use

Download Everything
Thanks I will try that. Just odd I amdownloading a 300kb program to replace Windows 7 "advanced searching capabilities" lol
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24 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've posted a few times about the advanced search engine inside Windows 7. Use filters to narrow your search!

Searching for 'matching' files. is there a better way?
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24 Nov 2009   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phaze3131 View Post
Hey I can't get windows 7 to return partial matches when it searches.

Like I have a file 31313131.avi and I try to search for it in a folder and type "31" to search to find it quickly but it doesn't show up.

How can I get it so it shows up?

Thanks
Hi and welcome

Is the folder 31313131 is in included in the indexing? partial matches do work

Ken J+
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24 Nov 2009   #10

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\My Documents\mypics\travisblog.jpg
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phaze3131 View Post
Hey I can't get windows 7 to return partial matches when it searches.

Like I have a file 31313131.avi and I try to search for it in a folder and type "31" to search to find it quickly but it doesn't show up.

How can I get it so it shows up?

Thanks
Hi and welcome

Is the folder 31313131 is in included in the indexing? partial matches do work

Ken J+

Indexing says completed and that folder it's in is in the Indexing I just checked. That folders contents have not changed in the past 2 months either.


About partial matches I'm confused. It's returning gif, js,htm,swf types of files that do NOT have "31" in their file names but it won't return any with "31" actually in the file name.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I've posted a few times about the advanced search engine inside Windows 7. Use filters to narrow your search!

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/35348-searching-matching-files-there-better-way.html
Checked out the filters but it didn't work I tried searching with * already.
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