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Windows 7: Search feature in Windows 7 = No Search!

22 Mar 2011   #11
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by demango View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CyberZeus View Post
Star means "any character".
Technically, "?" means any character. "*" means any number of characters. If you typed something like "?.*" in the box, you would get an assortment of files with names like a.out(Lol, UNIX reference) and z.image. Though why you would make files with one letter in the label is beyond me.
Because it can be used to replace ANY character ANYWHERE in a search string, and as opposite to "*" which as you said replaces any number of characters, with "?" you can narrow search to include only strings with certain length.

Examples:
  • Search filename:?ally.* > finds files with a 5 character long name characters 2 to 5 being ally, followed by a period and any number of characters
    • Finds Wally.doc, Sally.jpg but not Totally_awesome_video.avi or Rally_Monte_Carlo.pdf
  • Search filename:Image_?0.* > finds files with an 8 character long name characters 1 to 6 being Image_, followed by one character, 0 and any extension
    • Finds Image_10.png, Image_60.jpg but not Image_13.gif or Image_67.jpg
  • Search filename:*.??? > finds any file with a three character extension
    • Finds Pic.jpg or This_Pic_Is_from_Our_Holiday.bmp, but not Video.mpg4, Image.jpeg or Stupid_Filename.zz
  • Search filename:Memo_???_John.doc > finds any file with a 13 character long name characters 1 to 5 being Memo_ and characters 9 to 13 _John, with extension doc
    • Finds Memo_JAN_John.doc, Memo_123_John. doc, but not Memo_to_John.doc, Memo_from_John.doc or Memo_1234_John.doc

Kari


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22 Mar 2011   #12
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Nice. It seems that I can find files with several different words in their names. Say UI*Bar*Translucent

Ok. So how about indexing brand spanking new files? I found a random text file on one of my drives, edited it and added "password" so I can presumably find it later ;]. Last attempt took over 45 minutes and consumed a lot of electricity :P due to heavy CPU load.

Let's see how long will this take this time.

Thanks for your tips
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23 Mar 2011   #13
CyberZeus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by demango View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CyberZeus View Post
Star means "any character".
Technically, "?" means any character. "*" means any number of characters. If you typed something like "?.*" in the box, you would get an assortment of files with names like a.out(Lol, UNIX reference) and z.image. Though why you would make files with one letter in the label is beyond me.
Please don't be fussy. I tried to give very very simple explanation...
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23 Mar 2011   #14
Jutta

Win 7 64 bit Ultimate
 
 

Hi,
have you tried pressing the Start Windows Key + F, it is a much better Search Function!
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23 Mar 2011   #15
zYx

7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jutta View Post
Hi,
have you tried pressing the Start Windows Key + F, it is a much better Search Function!
Much better than what exactly?
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23 Mar 2011   #16
Jutta

Win 7 64 bit Ultimate
 
 

Then the Search Option in Start Option
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23 Mar 2011   #17
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zYx View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jutta View Post
Hi,
have you tried pressing the Start Windows Key + F, it is a much better Search Function!
Much better than what exactly?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jutta View Post
Then the Search Option in Start Option
The difference is that searching form Start menu > Search only searches indexed locations, whereas searching from any Explorer window's search field (inclusive Win + F window) also searches non-indexed locations.

Kari
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