Questions related to searching a filesystem, either live searches or indexed file searches.

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I cannot search Settings on Windows 10 [duplicate]

When I first got Windows 10 searching for stuff (Win+S) such as windows update or data usage would bring up that setting in either the control panel of PC Settings. For some reason my computer does ...
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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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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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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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Searching a folder for a word in a specific font-style

I have a folder on my desktop full of MS Word documents, so I'd like to find out which ones contain a particular word in a specific font, namely ADJECTIVE, that is the word adjective both capitalized ...
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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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Adding searchable tags and comments to any file in Windows 8

As we all know, the JPG format allows us to store such properties as Tags and Comments in every picture of this format. The Windows Explorer allows us to easily edit these properties, and they can 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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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 ...
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How to search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? [duplicate]

How can I search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? Semicolon does not work:
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How to find all video type files in windows 8.1

How can I find all my video files in windows 8.1? I go into the windows 8.1 start screen and start typing "*.avi". It finds a small number of videos on my C drive. Search appears to only look on ...
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Why windows 7 search becomes too slow after frequently use?

Situation: We are working on a file management project where we need to generate and sort around 60,000 files per day and burn them in DVD's everyday as the final output. All files have JPG extension ...
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How to search for files in Windows 7+ like you could in Windows XP?

I have a couple questions about searching for files on Windows 7. I find the XP method much easier than this new Windows 7 search. Note: I am only concerned about finding files whose names match a ...
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How to search *upwards* for file? (reverse find)

I'd like to search "upwards" for a file in shell script, e.g. check $PWD, then $PWD/.., then $PWD/../.., etc. until hitting the root. Before I go and roll my own, is there some builtin bash/zsh/find ...
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How do I disable indexing in a specific directory across multiple platforms?

I have some files that will be accessed across several platforms (Mac OS X and Windows 7 mainly, but I wouldn't rule out Linux in the future) and I do not want these files indexed by the search ...
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Searching a string in a file anywhere on PC using Findstr

I have a text (.txt) file located somewhere on my PC that contains a bunch of data, including the following string: Secret Username: ********* Secret Password: ********* How can I find this file ...
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Solution to archive and search PDF files on a NAS

In my company we have a lot of customer information saved in .pdf files which are stored on a QNAP NAS. I want to be able to do a quick search for information inside the .pdf, like Contract Numbers ...
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Searching network drive without indexing - win xp

I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
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Batch File - Search for string and copy next word to new file

Good Day All. I want to search for the following string in a bunch of TEXT files in a folder: USER Then I want to copy the string next to this word (USER), and copy it to a new text file. How do ...
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How can I force Everything search engine to re-index?

I used Everything for searching files on Windows 7. I made many changes in the file system based on the results (deleting and renaming specific files), and I want to check if I covered all the files I ...
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Utility to search the content of external hard disk (if possible index it in advance)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching through txt, pdf and doc files How to search my contents in my portable hard disk quickly (just like a google desktop)? having lots of materials in the ...