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Windows 7: Workaround to search/sort files by [ext]?


14 Apr 2009   #1

64-Bit W7 GA Ultimate 6.1 Build 7600
 
 
Workaround to search/sort files by [ext]?

Is there a workaround to search and sort files by [extension] NOT [type]?

There appears to be no column heading for file extension eg *.mp3; *.txt; *.cs; etc.

As a very recent convert from XP I also miss the advanced search dialogue screen - is it hidden somewhere?

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14 Apr 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Mike,

You can still use Advanced Search by pressing Windows Key + F, but the you will need to click on the search box first to see the Kind, Date modified, etc... options to use to search with instead.

Workaround to search/sort files by [ext]?-advanced_search.jpg

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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14 Apr 2009   #3

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

There's very easy way for sorting files since Vista without having any search or trick to do

Open a explorer windows, go to the folder wich contain the files to sort (of course if the folder is indexed it's better, for performance issue).
Then you just need to click on little arrow of the "type" header at the top of the explorer tab. If the "type" column doesn't appear you can find it like under XP.
When clicking on it you will have all the type of files included in the current folder (by extension).. and you can group them as you want.
The best of all is that you can save this grouping result like any other search results. The "blue folder" allways include a real time answer of your search's criterias
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14 Apr 2009   #4

64-Bit W7 GA Ultimate 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Thanks Brink - Windows Key + F for advanced search.

Maybe Windows 7 might restore ext as a column header in RC/RTM.

In the meantime I'm half-tempted to put the ext value in the genre column!

PS - Maybe a conspiracy theory - forcing use of libraries so microsoft has easy access to drm control/dominance of digital media etc.

Thanks Le Poilu - type lacks the granularity of ext - to extract system-wide files of a particular extension unless each ext is given a separate/unique default application
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14 Apr 2009   #5

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike2h View Post

Thanks Le Poilu - type lacks the granularity of ext - to extract system-wide files of a particular extension unless each ext is given a separate/unique default application

"Types" column show you the files by extension
It's the same.

See the following screenshot:


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14 Apr 2009   #6

64-Bit W7 GA Ultimate 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Merci LePoilu

The images are a bit unclear with my graphics card and monitor. But thanks for posting.
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14 Apr 2009   #7

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike2h View Post
The images are a bit unclear with my graphics card and monitor. But thanks for posting.
I've edited my post with full link for full size pictures.
(Something went wrong with tumbnails linking)
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14 Apr 2009   #8

64-Bit W7 GA Ultimate 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Thanks LePoilu - I get the idea - maybe through time I'll see the benefits over the XP search dialogue.



PS clicking on the web link gives a clear image. (Clicking on the image does not magnify.)
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15 Apr 2009   #9

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike2h View Post
Thanks LePoilu - I get the idea - maybe through time I'll see the benefits over the XP search dialogue.

There's a lot a little things like that in Vista/Seven. When you know and use them, hard to go back after... like the new adress bar


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike2h View Post
PS clicking on the web link gives a clear image. (Clicking on the image does not magnify.)
Yeah, don't understand why ...
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