I would always type *.* to search for files in Windows XP. With Windows 2008 Server, it gives folders along with files. How can I change the setting so that I only get files.


I believe you'll need to use Advanced Query syntax.

name:~~someSearch NOT type:"File Folder"

Since your are trying to search for all files (excluding folders) you can search for this:

NOT type:"File Folder"

(The "NOT" must be in all caps)

The tables at the bottom of this page help.

  • Except for one folder called, "Downloaded Program Files", all returned results were files. I used: *.* NOT type:"File Folder" – Regmi Apr 12 '11 at 8:18

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