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OK, this is something that should be ridiculously easy to do in Windows 7, but it simply doesn't work. All I want to do is find all files with a certain extension within a folder and its subfolders. Placing a *.sln in the search box in Explorer yields no results. .sln doesn't work either. The kind: and type: filters don't seem very useful either.

Without resorting to opening the command prompt or Powershell, is there a way in Explorer to list all files that have a particular file extension?


I've found out the most probable cause of search not working, and updated the question accordingly. The directory I'm trying to search in is included inside of a "Mounted Volume"; in other words, a second hard drive is mounted to C:\Users\UserName\Folder, and searching inside of that folder does not work.

Is there a way to get Windows 7 to search within a mounted volume? The folder does not even appear in the indexed locations tree.

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It should work as you tried (*.sln) - just tested it to be sure... – Jens Erat Oct 27 '11 at 17:39
Are you sure you don't have disabled some of the Windows search components? *.sln as well as .sln and ext:sln are working without problems here. – Robert Oct 27 '11 at 17:48
I haven't personally disabled any search components; this computer is set up through an IT department. Do you have any advice on where I could check for the status of the components needed by search? – Jacob Oct 27 '11 at 19:18
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I figured it out now; although I could not add indexing to the mounted folder, I was able to add a secondary mount for the volume. In my case, I mapped the S drive to the volume, while still maintaining my home directory mount. Once that was added, I was able to add indexing to the S drive.

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