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I've had some issues with the new search function in Windows 7. The Search in Windows XP was packed with so many more options. The only options I can access now, is 'Date Modified' and 'Size'.

Any pointers to how to get more options in the Windows 7 Search, or links to external programs that can make my life easier?

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From the Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax page, use the following search items:

To restrict by file type    Use            Example
------------------------    ---            -------
Folders                     folders        kind:folders
Folder name                 foldername     foldername:mydocs
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Now I see, maybe the Windows 7 search is a bit better suited for search than the Windows XP version =) –  stigok Mar 5 '10 at 14:11
@sshow - you should say thanks to snark by up voting the answer. +1 from me –  Nicu Zecheru Mar 5 '10 at 14:56
Just great, Thanks a lot. I was looking for that for a while ;) –  Mohammad Mar 20 '10 at 21:02
foldername is not correct. It searches for files and folders inside of folders of a certain name. –  anon Nov 23 '14 at 21:26

Tired of Windows 7 search wonders I use FileSeek http://www.fileseek.ca It has lots of options: date/size filters, regular expressions, inclusive/exclusive search, etc.

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On a german version of Windows 7 you'll need the filter below, because type:folder or the like won't work at all:


BTW, if you press Win+F, the searchbox will offer at least a tiny bit of assistance below the box and clicking on its blue links will trigger selection widgets.

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I'm prepared to be down voted for this as you are asking specifically for windows-search based answers, but here goes nothing...

Open up the windows command prompt and navigate to the directory from which you want to start searching and use the following command:

dir _svn /ad /s

Windows Search just makes me howl with rage for a few minutes before I give up and just do the same search from the command prompt instead.

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Very fast and good solution. :) But I prefer to add /b for single line output. ;) –  CSchulz Aug 16 '13 at 15:19
Everyone's a critic... 8-) –  Richard Aug 19 '13 at 7:47

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