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Windows 7: Symbolic File Folder with Specified File Types?

19 Jan 2011   #1

Symbolic File Folder with Specified File Types?

I'm sure there's a way to do this, but it's out of my realm of digging in windows.

What I need essentially is a Symbolic Folder that will scan a set directory and only return specific file types.

For example, I have five folders with .jpgs, .psds, and .txt.

What I would like is to create a folder that when opened will only show me .txt files from those directories.

Is there a program, or service that will allow me to do this?

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19 Jan 2011   #2

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This is quite easy to do with Windows Search.

This example is how to create a shortcut to all images on chosen folder (location), inclusive all its subfolders:
  1. Open the location you want to use as root. In this example I'll use Libraries
  2. Type to search field kind:image, click Save Search:
  3. Name the search as you want to, click Save:
  4. Now when you open the folder %USERPROFILE%\Searches, you'll find shortcuts to all your predefined searches:

Using the same method you can create shortcuts to almost anything. Some search criteria examples:
  • ext:pdf = all PDF-files (extension .pdf)
  • ext:jpg = all JPG-files (extension .jpg)
  • datemodified:‎01/‎09/‎2010 .. ‎31/‎10/‎2010 = all files modified between 1st of September 2010 and 31st of October 2010 (notice the date should be in default format used by the current Windows user account)
  • kind:music = all music files

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