I have, in a Windows 10 machine, about 600 projects folder, and each of these folders have two folders: current and old_releases. All projects together have about 1TB.

To free space on the server, I want to delete all old_releases folder. So I thought I could quickly find them with the Windows Explorer search tool, since all folders are on the first level, and just hit shift+delete key. However, unfortunately, the searcher does not starts to look automatically through the first level, and takes a really long time to find all folders I want to remove.

I wonder if there is a way to limit the Windows explorer search for one level deep (I already limited to look just for folders ). Is it possible?

If not, I would accept any suggestion to achieve my goal (delete those folders) easily...

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Try this...

old_releases  kind:=folder -folderpath:x\*\ 

Note: Replace 'x' with your main folder name.


old_releases  kind:=folder -folderpath:AllProjects\*\ 


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    Well it was not as fast as I expected (actually, I think it was pretty slow - it took some minutes to finish), but I've also made a quick test creating a few folders with that structure and some folders with the same name inside it, and it correctly found only the first level ones. So, I believe this is the best of what Windows can do... Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 20:30
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    It seems that this answer does not work for localized versions of Windows (I wonder why they deleted the English localization of options). @massic80 translated it for Italian users: old_releases tipologia:=cartella -percorsocartella:x\*\
    – dirdi
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 13:39

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