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Search in Windows 7

By Jskid
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. I find the built in search feature in Windows 7 to be quite limiting. Is there one that supports regular expressions in file names or at least doesn't always search only the beginning of words? I'm not sure of the details but something like on Windows if I search 123 the file x123 wont be found.
     
  2. compfixing

    compfixing TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Don't be panic, there is always a solution.

    You can use the following syntax for searching: “*”.
    For example:
    *123 -> searches for file which has the content 123
    123 -> searches for files which starts with 123

    Hope it helps..
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,406   +1,592

    Try this software.

    Everything search engine
     
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  4. Jskid

    Jskid TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 434

    Oh yea you're right. Is there a way to search files of a specific size, for example if you know the size is 2MB?
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,516   +336

    Interesting. If I open a folder and search for ABC, I get a ton of results;
    • zxyABC
    • ABC123
    • foo
    and foo is listed because it contains ABC
    [edit] see Control->Index Options [/edit]
     
  6. Jskid

    Jskid TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 434

    As far as I can figure out this only searches based on file names.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,406   +1,592

    Judging by your original post, I didn't know you were searching for anything else. However with that aside, my link was given as an alternative other than Windows search. I have no experience with it other than reading other members comments when they recommend an alternative. My third party file manager has a built-in search, that does everything I require including searching for text string with-in the file contents. I could have recommended my third party file manager (Total Commander), but then you might have been even less pleased because you are not used to the interface.
     


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