I'm testing Windows 7 and trying to do AQS. I saw an image in about filtering result by type here:

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But when I try "type:" in search box, it does not provide any option in drop down menu. Why this occur and how I can solve this problem?


I add images from My PC:

This image shows "filters" of Windows search (Win + F) and you can see "type" is there:

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This image shows "type" filters is available inWindows search (Win + F) and has a drop down list of options:

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This image shows "search filters" after pressing F3 on File explorer of Windows 7 and you can see there is not "type" filter:

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  1. Why WIN+ F has "type:" filter in tiny box under search box but when I browse to a real directory, proposed filters does not propose "type" filter?
  2. Is this image also for windows 7?
  3. What is difference between "type:" filter and "kind:" filter?
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    For one, that link you provided on AQS does not provide Type: as being available. If you mean type is a kind of suffix (jpg, png, mpg), then just type the suffix or use a wildcard *.jpg.
    – user676368
    Dec 27, 2016 at 0:43
  • @HumorMe And what about above image? Dec 27, 2016 at 4:33
  • @hasanghaforian It's either based on the current results (try pressing Enter after searching?), or it's a history of type filters that have been used previously.
    – oldmud0
    Dec 27, 2016 at 5:26
  • Those "types" are not types but merely file extensions. Maybe with the added benefit of DOC and JPEG covering multiple extensions. If you look at the the article you linked the closest match would probably be kind which IMO would be way more what a "type" of file would be. Or you could use ext. As for your screenshot where did you find it? Depending on it, it might have been a thing for another/older Windows 7 version.
    – Seth
    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:41
  • @oldmud0 It seems It is not based on the current results or historical search. I edited question, please see it again. Dec 27, 2016 at 20:18

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Multiple file types in a search. Windows.

Specific case: "images"

It seems that type isn't listed in your link that you provided. But it will work anyhow with image file-types (png, jpg, jpeg, bmp, or other extensions). Just use it combined with the OR operator, like this:

Using keyword ext

ext:png OR ext:jpg OR ext:bmp OR ext:jpeg

or use the keyword type

type:png OR type:jpg OR type:bmp OR type:jpeg

Search music? Music is stored in various forms. The most popular are: mp3 and wav

type:mp3 OR type:wav

This history goes with the Object you are using. Different history for different searches on different window sessions.

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  • I edited my question and added more details and some specific questions. Please see it again. Dec 27, 2016 at 20:22
  • it should still be valid. There is a long hand, and a graphical user interface, but the results are the same.
    – user676368
    Dec 27, 2016 at 21:54
  • @hasanghaforian Oh. I think I get your misunderstanding now. Type:music isn't an option. Music is a human construct of sounds, but to search for "music", on a computer, you'd search for type:mp3 OR type:wav, which are extensions that signify a file type.
    – user676368
    Dec 28, 2016 at 0:53

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