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Windows 7 - Find all files that are alone in a folder

I need to find a way to select all files that are alone in their folders, so I can cut and paste them someplace else. All respective folders are inside one main root folder. Is there a command prompt, ...
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What's an alternative to “Everything” search for Linux?

In windows there is a pretty good search tool named Everything, which can let us search files by name. It's very fast, and easy to use. Now I wonder if there is any similar tool in Linux? Command ...
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File (image) only exists when searching for it or in “Photos” app

Here's a weird thing that I've never seen before in any Windows version. I'm using Windows 10. I'm using the stock "Photos" app to view some pictures that I've been editing, and when scrolling ...
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What are recommended characters and guidelines to name files stored in Google Drive to achieve maximum power when searching by filename? [closed]

I use Google Drive to store files and sync it to a local folder in Windows 7 using Google Drive App. I have to set up a naming convention for thousands of files. The objective is that between Windows ...
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find command and support for media metadata

I have a folder with tons of disorganized files of all types with deep levels of subfolders and I want to find every audio file WITH 320kpbs (bitrate) and run something upon each of them without ...
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FTP- Find modified files of particular date in filezilla

enter image description herewe have a magento e commerce site. we are having hundered of folders and sub folders and thousands of files. we want to know that files which are modified on a particular ...
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Quickly access recently opened files in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 it was as easy as typing in the Start menu ("Search programs" input) the name of a recently opened file. This funcionality seems absent in Windows 10. I've checked that "Show recently ...
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Need help searching video files by encoding format profile

I am looking for a way to search all my video files (directory/recursive) that have a "Format profile" of QuickTime and/or "Codec ID" of qt. I just found out that my encoding software has ...
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Discrepancy finding and counting all files on the system

I have been researching the different methods of counting up all files on my system. In my case, I want all the files starting at / and going into subfolders. Here is what I have come up with so far: ...
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Exclude folders from recent files

Windows 10 shows a list of recent files in the explorer. Is there a possibility to exclude certain folders (recursively) from being shown in this list?
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Get the new files/directories created after date/Timestamp in a hierarchy of directory in Windows

Is it possible to find the files and directories created within a direcotry hierarchy in Windows. For example : getting all the files inside "dir1" directory and all his subdirectory hierarchy ...
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Exclude a folder from search results in OneDrive web interface

Is it possible to exclude results from a single directory (branch) when searching for a filename in OneDrive web interface? If so what would the search query syntax be?
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Fast search within text files in windows

Is there a program for windows that would do a great job of searching within files? I have a folder that I constantly need to search in for certain text, It would be nice to have a program that ...
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searching a text file in linux using less

I am searching a very large ( 8+ Gb ) flat text file using less. It appears that less will search the entire file before it moves to the location of the first find. Is that accurate? Is there any ...
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Are there any tools for doing a text search within binary data?

This question is somewhat related to this so post: Searching text in binary data I am not looking for a programming solution that involves having to make a program to this. I was wondering if there ...
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Create Automate Task on Windows 10 with download and search in PDF

I want to create an Automate Task to hourly download a PDF from a specific URL and then search for certain text like "6256896" and then if there was the text inside the PDF,notifies me for example ...
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Windows 10 not updating search index at times

Recently I began testing Windows 10 on several computers that I and others work on and something that has been a problem is the search index, something that seemed to work fine in Windows 7 and ...
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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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Find .htaccess files on OSX

Hidden files are already visible in my computer (I used Revealer) but I can't use finder to find .htaccess files. I tried typing .htaccess in the search field, selected the options "File visibility" = ...
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ntfs: finding all files sized at 64k intervals

In Windows, is there a tool or way to easily find all files (maybe within a directory tree only) to list all files whose file size is a whole multiple of 64KB? I.e. those files that may have been ...
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How to run updatedb, excluding some paths, but not removing previous indexed content for those paths?

I have a strange question, and i am not sure this is something doable at all, thats why i am asking it to the SuperUser :) So, imagine that you have your filesystem with some mount points for ...
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Finding a file in a hard drive without knowing name, only contents?

I need to search a hard drive for a file, but I don't know the name of the file. I only know that the file contains a list of email addresses. (I don't know which email addresses are on the file, I ...
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Mac OSX finder : how to use the finder search results?

When I perform a search in the Mac OSX finder. For example, if I search for "23" in a defined folder, here is what I find : So...what can I do then ??? I can't even select a file in the search ...
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Windows 7 File Explorer search not working

I can't use the Windows 7 File Explorer search successfully. If I enter a search string, for instance car in the search box, I just get No files found, despite obviously having several files that ...
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How to access folders on Ruby

I have Windows PC. I am trying to access a folder I created in Windows explorer called "Ruby". I tried typing this in Ruby "$ cd ruby" but I get an error message " is not allowed as a global variable ...
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Forensic search of a iMac 27", i7 2.8 quad [closed]

I am being asked (forced), in a legal battle, to search for files I never downloaded. My attacker is not insisting that I hire someone else so I want to do it myself. It is very expensive and I'm sure ...
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Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search? [closed]

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or windows one, either would be ...
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How to search contents of files in folder?

In Win 7, how can I search for a word in the contents of all files in a specific folder. In XP this was easy. All you had to do was type the word into the "A word or phrase in file" text box on the ...
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How to search for a file in war,ear and jar files recursively in Linux

I need to search for a file (logo.png), in a folder that contains war, ear, and jar archive files. Can anyone help me with the command?
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How do I search my files for a suffix?

I have been trying to order my computer files, some of which share a common suffix which I'd like to be able to use to group them together. I know that Windows explorer can be used to search a ...
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Search for images by “has Geotag data”

I have tens of thousands of pictures that I took. Some have Geotag data in their EXIF, some don't. I want to run a search on my computer to find all images that have Geotag data. How can I accomplish ...
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How can I search for files that are either compressed or uncompressed in Windows Explorer?

I know that Windows explorer can colorize the NTFS compression state of a file, in both the regular and search views. How can I specifically filter/search for files that are compressed or ...
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Windows 7 not searching in non-indexed folders

I am simply not able to use the Windows 7 search box to find files in the current directory. The following are my settings: I have currently configured Windows Indexing only to search in my "Start ...
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How to search files from a specific time with OS X 10.5.8?

I’m trying to search for a file on my Mac laptop from a long time ago. I know the type of file and I now approximately the time period when it was recorded. It’s one of those Word files that was ...
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How do I search files in specified destination and let them all showed in one Finder window on Mac OS X?

I want to search all .xml files inside a specified folder (and its subfolders) ~/folder/ and make all the result showed in one window, what can I do? I can search all files but don't know how to ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Anything faster than grep? [closed]

I am looking for a tool that will be faster than grep, maybe a multi-threaded grep, or something similar... I have been looking at a bunch of indexers, but I am not sold that I need an index... I ...
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Windows search with specific options

For example, i have two files: Textfile1.txt Textfile2.txt where first file is empty, and second contains string file1 Can I create a search query in standard windows explorer to match ...
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IS there an FTP tool that can search for a phrase in all the files in a directory?

Probably not, just need to clear up a question between me and a colleague. Wondering if there's an FTP tool that will search for a phrase within all the files in a directory.
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Finding files matching certain criteria

I'm cleaning out an old external hard drive and want to be able to find files matching certain conditions. How do I exclude files containing certain strings in there names? I've tried using !~ but it ...
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Searching for files which was created at certain date

Is it possible to find files which was created at certain date? I don't remember file name, but I know date when it was created. I am using windows 7.
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How do I list files modified on or before particular date?

Using linux commands , is there way to list files which are created an hour (or particular date) before ?.
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How to sort Spotlight results by size in the Finder?

How do I sort search result by size in Finder? I would prefer some sort of setting, or shell plug-in. I'm using this to clean my hard drive by finding and deleting the largest files first. I'm not ...
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How to make omitting search criteria [duplicate]

How to ask windows to search for files that not satisfy defined condition. For example I don't need files that has extension log.
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In Windows (base install) what is the fastest way to search only filenames?

In Windows (base install: no extensions, tools, add-on's, or 3rd Party software) what is the fastest native way to search only filenames AND without modifying the "state" of indexing and/or changing ...
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Can no longer word search a PDF in Mac preview

I have a PDF doc that I have word searched three or four times yesterday and even earlier today but now it won't search any words at all. I'm befuddled and confused! It's a really large file (over ...
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search

I am using windows 8 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search ...
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How can I find files NOT matching a specific extension in Windows XP?

I need to find and delete all files in subdirectories that are not .SQL files. I can't figure out how to search for <>.SQL or !.SQL in Windows Search. Most of the solutions that I've seen here ...