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The reason for the question is this: I was trying to find the location of a file and the only thing about it I knew was the exact size. So I search for all the files in the top of the folder tree and down, and sort the results by filesize, but I still can't identify the file because there are hundreds with a filesize of "123k".

I started to wade through the myriad of explorer replacements but after installing the first couple and finding they don't do that, I got lazy.

So specifically:

Is there a free Windows explorer replacement with a similar "find files" facility that can display the file sizes of the search results to a precision of one byte.

Being able to display the sizes to one byte in the normal folder view would also be useful, but not as useful as it would be if it also had the same file searching ability as XP's native explorer.

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It is not part of windows explorer, but powershell does this by default (it is available for XP here).

If you want to search by the length field it is pretty simple just do:

Get-ChildItem pathToSearch | Where-Object{$_.Length -eq size}

Note that you must replace pathToSearch and size with the appropriate text. To make the search recursive, add -Recurse

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Hmmmm. Thanks @soandos. Not quite what I was looking for. More after an app to take the place of Explorer, but offering display of the exact filesize. You have renewed my interest in PowerShell however, as a replacement for batch files. –  rossmcm Jun 14 '12 at 9:04
    
If all you wanted was to search though, wouldn't it me the same? –  soandos Jun 14 '12 at 16:05
    
Point conceded. Looks like there is nothing like what I want. You get the tick. Thanks for your input. –  rossmcm Jun 14 '12 at 23:52

You don't need a replacement for Explorer; you can use the FolderSize shell-extension. You can configure its Control Panel applet to display sizes in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, or gigabytes. It also shows the actual, contained size of folders. You may have to specifically show the Folder Size column for search results the first time, but then you can see the sizes of the results down to the byte.

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