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Windows 7: Search in Windows 7

23 Jul 2010   #30

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

XP had a search option to find all files of a paticular type, eg all video (avi, wmv, etc), how can one do this in Windows 7?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jul 2010   #31


Hello HairyScot, welcome to the Seven Forums.

In Windows Explorer, click an empty search field. It gives a mini menu, showing your three last searches and some search filters:

Search in Windows 7-search_01.png

Click Kind and choose the file type you want to search, for instance Video or Movie to search all videos:

Search in Windows 7-search_02.png

You can also type the file type, if you want to. Typing Kind: txt finds all files with .txt extension, Kind: doc all .doc extensions, Kind: wmv all wmv videos etc:

Search in Windows 7-search_03.png

Please notice: if you type just the extension or string, without Kind:, Windows Search finds not only the files with that extension, but also the files that contain that string and files with filename beginning with that string. An example: typing just for instance avi to search field instead of Kind: avi would show you all these files:
  • All files with extension .avi
  • All files with filename beginning with avi, for instance Aviation.exe, Avi_versus_wmv.doc etc
  • All files which contain the string avi, for instance a Notepad .txt file where the content, the text contains the word Aviation

Hope this helps.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #32

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Thanks Kari
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #33


You are welcome. Don't know about you, but in my opinion Windows 7 Search is much more than XP Search ever was. You can combine search criteria in so many ways there's nothing the search does not find.

I like it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jul 2010   #34

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Only recently upgraded from Vista but I like what I see so far.
I am sure I will find lots more to appreciate.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Aug 2010   #35

Windows 7

How do I make Windoes 7 search work the same as Windows Xp search.
I hate how when I do a search that Windoes 7 also searches the content
of files as well. I only want search to find file names ONLY
any help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Aug 2010   #36

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Techno, and welcome to Seven Forums.

To have searches like this, you can set your search options like this below, then you will also need to disable the search index by disabling the Windows Search service.

Search in Windows 7-search_settings.jpg

Hope this helps,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #37

Windows 7
Now we are talking

Now thats how I like to search.
none of this crap of showing every files that has something to do with
the word "the" and only show files & folders with the word "the"
as part of the file or folder name.

easy fix when you know how.

I miss the Start>Search option Windows XP has.

Thanks heaps for your help.

Sorry about the late reply, Only just got around to doing it...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #38

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Techno. I'm happy to hear that is what you were wanting. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2010   #39

windows 7 home premium 64bit
I need help

My search doesn't work at all. I could go to a folder and looking at a file type the same of that file in the search and I get the no results notification. I've searched all over for a solution, maybe someone here can help
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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