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I never heavily used the search feature on Windows 7, so I don't know if the issue persists on versions outside of 10.

I'm trying to search through a lot of files using Windows' file browser search function. The problem is, when I search for something, it only shows files with the keyword at the beginning of a word or immediately after an underscore.

For example, I search for the word "cat". These would be the results:

  • Category.zip
  • Picture of a Cat.jpg
  • my_first_cat.txt

However, it wouldn't bring up words like "educational" or "application", because the keyword is in the middle of that word. Is there a way to search for all occurences of a keyword in Windows 10?

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How to search Windows 10 for ANY occurrence of a word?

I'm trying to search through a lot of files using Windows' file browser search function. The problem is, when I search for something, it only shows files with the keyword at the beginning of a word or immediately after an underscore.

The Windows Explorer search function way. . .

  • Press Windows Key + E
  • Press Ctrl + F
  • Type in *cat* in the search field and press Enter

    • Just put your keyword between two asterisks [*] *cat*

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Open a command prompt in the folder, then type:

dir /s /b *cat*

and replace cat with whatever you want. This will search all subdirectories of the current directory.

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For a GUI based solution, I highly recommend using Agent Ransack for this purpose. I have not had much luck using the built-in search features of Windows since Windows 7, but Agent Ransack provides many more powerful options for searching the contents and names of files.

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Windows search will only show you lists of prefix words so it is normal that it will show those lists of categories.

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