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Old 03-19-2007
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Searching for part of a file name
Can anyone explain how (as was so easy in XP) I can search with Vist for part
of a file name, (ie. +, ++, or other characters) I add to files?
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Thank you,

Garry
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Old 03-19-2007
Dave Wood [MS]
 

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Re: Searching for part of a file name
If you are just searching for a special characters like "+", by default you
won't necessarily get the results you expect as Vista uses a word-based
index, rather than a character-based search.

If you specifically search for filenames with the filename: keyword and use
a wildcard this does switch on character mode. So searching for:
filename:*++
does give me what I expect. I agree this is not very intuitive.

Dave Wood

"Garry" <garry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Can anyone explain how (as was so easy in XP) I can search with Vist for
> part
> of a file name, (ie. +, ++, or other characters) I add to files?
> --
> Thank you,
>
> Garry


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Old 03-20-2007
Keith Miller MVP
 

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Re: Searching for part of a file name
In the Search box, if you type:

name:~"*+*"

it will return all files with the '+' character in their name.


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Keith
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

"Garry" <garry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Can anyone explain how (as was so easy in XP) I can search with Vist for
> part
> of a file name, (ie. +, ++, or other characters) I add to files?
> --
> Thank you,
>
> Garry


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Old 03-20-2007
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Re: Searching for part of a file name

"Keith Miller MVP" <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote in message
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> In the Search box, if you type:
>
> name:~"*+*"
>
> it will return all files with the '+' character in their name.


What does the tilde character do?

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Old 03-20-2007
Keith Miller MVP
 

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Re: Searching for part of a file name
It tells Search to allow wildcards ( * or ?) within the otherwise exact text
contained within the quotation marks.


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Keith
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

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> "Keith Miller MVP" <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote in message
> news:%23YbI51naHHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> In the Search box, if you type:
>>
>> name:~"*+*"
>>
>> it will return all files with the '+' character in their name.

>
> What does the tilde character do?


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Old 03-25-2007
Dave Melvin
 

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Re: Searching for part of a file name
"Keith Miller MVP" <k.miller79@no.spam.verizon.net> wrote in message
news:%23YbI51naHHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> In the Search box, if you type:
>
> name:~"*+*"
>
> it will return all files with the '+' character in their name.
>
>
> --
> Good Luck,
>
> Keith
> Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]
>
> "Garry" <garry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:1CA477E9-EB3E-4405-9CA0-4F715509771A@microsoft.com...
>> Can anyone explain how (as was so easy in XP) I can search with Vist for
>> part
>> of a file name, (ie. +, ++, or other characters) I add to files?
>> --
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Garry

>



This does not work for me. For example, I'm searching a folder for pictures
with the underscore character in the name, i.e., "file_name". Using your
suggestion, I type "name:~"*_*" in the search box and I get every file in
the folder listed, even those with no underscore character. What's up?

Thanks,
Dave

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Old 12-16-2007
 

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Using Wildcards in Windows Vista Search. "~" Required It works Thankyou
I was reduced to shouting at the computer in frustration because I wanted to find all the filese with

(2)

in the filename but I did not want to find files with only

2

in the file name.

So I tried typing

Name: *(2)*.*

but this gave all files containing any of those characters.

Thankyou for that info in previous post telling me instead to enter in the box at top right of screen:

Name: ~*(2)*.*

Brilliant, now I get only the files I want.

That would have been much easire in Windows XP. In fact windows XP search was brilliant and very easy to use. I have not found anything in windows Vista search that is the slightest bit helpful.
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Old 12-16-2007
Donald Lessau
 

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Re: Searching for part of a file name
"GrayBeard" <GrayBeard.31ot8o@no-mx.forums.vistaheads.com> schrieb im
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>
> I was reduced to shouting at the computer in frustration because I
> wanted to find all the filese with
>
> (2)


If you are nostalgic for using just
(2)
to find all files containig
(2)
in the name, try XYplorer file manager. Even the FREE version can do this,
and fast.

Don
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