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I remember clearly either XP or Windows 7 worked like this because. Basically if I were to search for "replace" in a folder, it shows "No files".

But if I search for "*replace", then it shows 2 files:


Is this normal? I know how to use wildcards but this should be the default behavior. How can I force Windows 7 to search like this so it always finds files that has the text I am searching for, anywhere in their name. Because that's all I care.

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use 3rd party searches. The Search is crap since Vista. I use this tool: – magicandre1981 Apr 19 '13 at 4:38
Thanks, I will download it. Shame that MS can't even get this right with all their money and power. – Joan Venge Apr 19 '13 at 6:00

It sounds to me like the search settings have been modified. By default, they are set to show partial matches.

To change search settings, go to Tools -> Folder Options. On the Search tab, under "How to Search", check the "Find partial matches" checkbox.

As for @magicandre1981's assertion that it is crap, I disagree. If you do not have it set to indexing, it may be slow, but it is accurate, and in my experience works well.

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Thanks, I didn't modify the search settings. I just looked at them and Find partial matches was checked. But it still doesn't find partial matches, it's very frustrating because I thought the files didn't exist, but they do. – Joan Venge Apr 19 '13 at 13:33
I actually agree 100% with @magicandre1981's evaluation of Win7 Search. It can't do even relatively simple things easily, and as for complex searches the less said the better. I'd ditch AQS (which I bet 99% people haven't even heard of, let alone used) in a heartbeat if simple regex was supported instead. – Karan Apr 19 '13 at 16:33

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