I would like to use the Windows Explorer Search box to search for multiple file types.

Is there any supported syntax to do so?

I tried:

*.docx *.xlsx
*.docx, *.xlsx
*.docx; *.xlsx
*.docx or *.xlsx
*.docx | *.xlsx

But none of this works (while *.docx or *.xlsx alone works)

  • 3
    Better alternative to Windows Explorer Search box. Use Everything
    – AEonAX
    May 28, 2015 at 9:01
  • thx @AEonAX, I'll take a look
    – Steve B
    May 28, 2015 at 9:17

2 Answers 2


Enter it like this

*.txt OR *.PDF OR *.xls

Keep OR capital letters

  • 1
    Why "OR" ? This is the most non-standard thing I could think about... Sep 4, 2016 at 12:53

You can also use wildcards (*, ?) in the search box as follows.

EXT: .txt OR .pdf OR .xls OR .doc*
  • Is it not necessary to use parens ext:( ... )?
    – Qwerty
    Oct 11, 2021 at 11:47

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