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Windows 7: How to let Search look only for files & folders

07 Mar 2010   #1

W7 Ult x64
 
 
How to let Search look only for files & folders

How can I let Windows 7 Search look only for files and folders?

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07 Mar 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

what else would you have it search for??
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07 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

I hope this is a small answe rto your question.
Here is a short tutorial Microsoft has on using the new search in Windows 7 for files and folders.
LINK
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07 Mar 2010   #4

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There's only files and folders to start so what should it search? Or do you mean how not to search text strings in files?
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07 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
How can I let Windows 7 Search look only for files and folders?
Others will show you how to configure Windows Search. I'm just butting in because this little free program is also nice to use:


Everything Search

It only works for NTFS partitions. But the neat thing is it is hooked into the NTFS journaling(file system tracking used to make sure operations completed) system. Therefore it doesn't need to index your files. It doesn't sit there churning your HD looking at every file. When NTFS file system makes a change, it just hooks the notification and adds it. Way smarter!

Plus it works the same on Vista, Windows7, XP so you don't have to remember which Windows flavor has which quirk. Just use Everything on all of them.
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07 Mar 2010   #6

W7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
There's only files and folders to start so what should it search? Or do you mean how not to search text strings in files?
That's exactly what I meant. I want to let the Search look for file or folder whose name matches the search word or includes the search word.
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07 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

You mean "file:index.dat" ?
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08 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
There's only files and folders to start so what should it search? Or do you mean how not to search text strings in files?
That's exactly what I meant. I want to let the Search look for file or folder whose name matches the search word or includes the search word.
With Everything, it runs in the tray. You hit the hotkey and type the substring. All the files with the substring come up in a window. You can open the folder containing the files, drag & drop to copy or move the files to an explorer window etc..

And it's free. I've been using it about 6 or 8 months on 3 OS. Never had any issues.
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08 Mar 2010   #9

W7 Ult x64
 
 

Thanks for the info.
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