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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 option I can access now are 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 =) – sshow 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 Dayyan Mar 20 '10 at 21:02
foldername is not correct. It searches for files and folders inside of folders of a certain name. – Steven Penny Nov 23 '14 at 21:26
kind:folders (or kind:folder) finds folders, but also collection files like *.CAB and *.ZIP.  To find only true folders, use type:folder. – G-Man Nov 17 '15 at 2:10

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

In the Search box type:

type:="File Folder" name:[enter the folder name here with no brackets]
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this is the best answer. you can also put , e.g. name:*middle – adudley Feb 25 at 10:21

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

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