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Windows 7: More on search hell

22 Nov 2010   #11
gilmoses

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, I think the wildcard trick does not work for file contents... try this:

Create a folder, say, 'Gil', in it create a text file with any name.
Edit the file, type in: TryToFindThis - then save.

Navigate to folder Gil, in the search bar type: "Try": the file is found.
Now type: To, or *To* - nothing.

Gil.


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22 Nov 2010   #12
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gilmoses View Post
Ok, I think the wildcard trick does not work for file contents... try this:
Create a folder, say, 'Gil', in it create a text file with any name.
Edit the file, type in: TryToFindThis - then save.
Navigate to folder Gil, in the search bar type: "Try": the file is found.
Now type: To, or *To* - nothing.
Gil.
You find it if you also mark the extension with wildcard(s) for instance *To*.*


Remember:
  • wildcard * (asterisk) replaces zero to 255 characters (maximum length of filename)
    • Ka*ri.* = all files starting with Ka and ending with ri, any extension (Kari.txt, Katamaran_ri.jpg, Kalahari.doc etc.)
  • wildcard ? (question mark) replaces one character
    • pic???.* = all files with a six character name where three first characters are pic, any extension (picABC.png, pic123.jpg etc.)
    • pic???.j* = as above but extension must start with j (pic777.jpeg, picxyz.jpg, picA93.jpg2 etc.)
    • Memo_2010????.doc = all files where filename starts with Memo_2010, followed by four characters, extension doc
Kari
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22 Nov 2010   #13
gilmoses

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Kari I was referring to the file CONTENTS, not name.

Please try out my example as I described...
Thanks!
Gil.
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22 Nov 2010   #14
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gilmoses View Post
Hi Anak,

Ok, *Persist* found the file. However this is the only way to find it and Windows Help doesn't tell you the file won't be found otherwise.

Thanks for that!

Gil.
Your welcome!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Peter, would the command line work even if the HDD was not Indexed?
I'm not Peter but please allow me to answer: Yes.
Kari
That's quite all right Kari, I always felt the more the merrier!
I wonder what size surf board or Skis Dzomlija would need.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Sorry 'bout that, I'm a bit daft this morning [HITTING MYSELF ON THE HEAD], and should've remembered the wildcards.
Dz, don't be so hard on yourself.
I'm a little off my sleep schedule myself.


Gil I would think it would come under this
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post

  • wildcard * (asterisk) replaces zero to 255 characters (maximum length of filename)
    • Ka*ri.* = all files starting with Ka and ending with ri, any extension (Kari.txt, Katamaran_ri.jpg, Kalahari.doc etc.)
Kari
Try using a word that you know exists in the file.
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22 Nov 2010   #15
gilmoses

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Anak,
Please try it for yourself.
It does not work.
Please use my example above.
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22 Nov 2010   #16
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Okay Gilmoses, I'll give it a try.

In the meantime I was looking at this:
find file containing text inside the file - Vista Forums
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22 Nov 2010   #17
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gilmoses View Post
Kari I was referring to the file CONTENTS, not name.

Please try out my example as I described...
Thanks!
Gil.
My bad, sorry.

Found this: Using the "A word or phrase in the file" search criterion may not work

Kari
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22 Nov 2010   #18
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Here's another one:
text search

There's also a couple of third-party apps that may interest you.
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22 Nov 2010   #19
Kari

 

Just a thought:

More on search hell-search_indexing_options.png

Check that you have text files (.txt, .doc, .xml etc.) set to index also the contents.


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22 Nov 2010   #20
gilmoses

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Kari,
The article is dated 2007, and does not apply in this simple case of a .txt file.

Anak,
It does not say there how to use the Win7 built-in search for the simple case I presented, it mostly praises 3rd party search apps.

Isn't there a way to do this in Win7??

Thanks,
Gil.
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