I use a system of folders to track tasks and projects, and my projects are represented by folders whose names start with the "@" character. I'd like a way to populate a list of my projects, that is, to search for all subfolders containing "@" in their name. However, it appears that the search function in Explorer ignores "@" since when I search for it I get no results. Does anyone know how to force Windows to search for the @ character?
How do I Search for folders containing “@” in their names
You can find all filenames containing
~=@ for the search string.
~= is a special keyword that means contains.
Using keywords to refine a search
If you want to filter on a property that doesn't appear when you click in the search box, you can use special keywords. This typically involves typing a property name followed by a colon, sometimes an operator, and then a value. The keywords aren't case sensitive.
Example search terms
Files whose names begin with "notes." The
~< means "begins with."
Files named "quarterly report." The
= means "matches exactly."
Files whose names contain the word "pro" or the characters pro as part of another word (such as "process" or "procedure"). The
~= means "contains."
Files that aren't pictures. The
<> means "is not."
Files that were modified on that date. You can also type "System.DateModified:2010" to find files changed at any time during that year.
Files whose authors don't have "herb" in their name. The
~! means "doesn't contain."
Files that are tagged with the word sunset.
Files that are less than 1 MB in size.
Files that are more than 1 MB in size.
You can use a question mark (
?) as a wildcard for a single character and an asterisk (
*) as a wildcard for any number of characters.
Shift & right click over top folder holding them all, then pick:
Then type the following line, followed by
dir /s/b/ad *@*
dir /s/b/ad *@* > @list.txt
to save results.