Windows Explorer Search Techniques: Exact & Wild Card RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm trying to search & destroy duplicate files so I am searching for:

    • (2)
    • name:=(2)

    However I receive all iterations of the number 2 even after independently toggling both the "Find Partial Marches" & "Natural Language Search" options.  Also, when performing a pre-Windows Vista Wild Card search for '*(2)' & '*(' (no quotes), I receive results for the number 2 and all files, respectively. 

    How do I perform a search to show me only files containing "(2)" and how do I perform a good old fashion wild-card search on a string of the file name such as "*.mp3" or even "*(2)"?



    Friday, July 20, 2012 4:40 PM


  • Chris

    Here are a few examples of searching in Windows Explorer:

    1. A minimum file size, type size:>30,000KB into the Search box and press Enter.
    2. A specific type of file, type the extension, e.g. type type:=.mp3 and press Enter (or type:=.doc.
    3. Find files using a partial filename, type filename:x in the search box (where x represents the partial filename you want to search for).
    4. Search for a specific phrase, type content: followed by your phrase enclosed in double quotes.

    • Edited by BurrWalnut Friday, July 20, 2012 6:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Sunday, August 5, 2012 1:50 PM
    Friday, July 20, 2012 6:42 PM