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Questions related to searching a filesystem, either live searches or indexed file searches.

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Is there a way to hide a folder from searches but can still be searched manually?

I am working on a number of manuscripts in Word using Windows 10. I have taken to storing older versions of these manuscripts in a particular folder labelled "Older Versions of Manuscript" ...
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Is there an easy Windows equivalent to this search in Bash?

If I type locate something | grep "someEnding$" in a shell it will take a second to give me a list of every file on my system where the absolute path contains 'something' and ends '...
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Windows 10 File Explorer- File Metadata not showing

Recently moved a user from Win 7 to Win 10 (fresh win10 install) and for some reason after installing apps on the win10, when I add a column to display any type of file medatada like; TAGS, Author or ...
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Is there a way to list all excel files containing Macros in a Folder and Subfolders?

I would like to list all Excel Files containing Macros in a Folder and Subfolders. Is it possible to do it with Windows Search or Agent Ransack or Filesearch Pro?
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How to find files bigger than 2gb Windows command line? (32 bit overflow prevents the well known method working)

I am using the following well known solution to recursively find files greater than a specified value: forfiles /S /M * /C "cmd /c if @fsize GEQ 2000000000 echo @path" This perfectly works ...
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Search bar in Windows 10 plain doesn't work (and other assorted functions)

No, this issue didn't appear after an update. The search function features are also still there, they just don't start. I know reinstalling Windows fixes most things, I just wanted a second opinion on ...
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How to search for a quotation mark in windows search file explorer

I'm trying to filter out search results in windows explorer, in such a way that it should retrieve only the files containing a " character. e.g. Document 001 "sendto" jane.pdf I've ...
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KDE5 Plasma Launcher does not find some files, but baloosearch does - how to fix?

The Plasma Launcher and KRunner of KDE5 have a plugin providing indexed file search. To the best of my knowledge, they use baloo as their backend. In my literature directory, I have many files named ...
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How can I access the Windows search database in order to learn about files on a broken hard drive?

I have a Windows 10 PC and one of my hard discs broke completely (as in not recognized by the BIOS, makes funny noises and cannot be used). It was not the system disc but contained mostly private data....
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Find folders with no files (empty) or only with "thumbs.db"

I recently did a photo cleanup and removed duplicates/similar using different tools. Now I'm conscious that I might have been left with empty folders, or folders with just the "thumbs.db" ...
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Searching inside PDFs using the BuiltIn Windows search - Windows 10

This is one of the few moments I miss MacOS. Background - I have an archive of several thousand research papers that are saved as PDFs. To be able to find things I need a working search function. When ...
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How to delete all files inside a directory except some extensions?

I am doing a merge of some backups and those folders have user profile files. I just need all .mp3 or .wav or .doc or .docx. I don't need photos, pictures and videos. I want to search on my main ...
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How to automatically search for a users files - unknown user and unknown file type

I have a tricky question to ask: is there some software that can search for all the possible user created file types across an entire hard disk? Specifically: I have no idea where they have stored ...
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Exclude Indexing of Files Without Extensions in Void Tools' Everything Search

How can I prevent Everything Search Engine (a Windows file and folder search utility by Void Tools) from indexing files without extensions? In other words, I want the index to include only (1) files ...
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Full-text searching, how fast one can find "Linus Torvalds" into the linux kernel? [closed]

Three things: Currently, what are the fastest full-text search tools? Are there full-text search tools capable of reporting fullpaths of files containing hit(s), FAST? Is Linus Torvalds right about ...
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I renamed my photos last year including extension too, Now I am not able to recall a name of photos,How can I find my photos on windows 7?

I renamed my photos last year including extension too, Now I am not able to recall a name of photos or directory where it was stored, How can I find my photos on windows 7? Is there any tool to do ...
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Tuning vim's less.sh: enabling persistent search history

So, I'm using vim's less.sh in place of standard less pager: alias less=/usr/share/vim/vim81/macros/less.sh However, I have a major and a minor problem with it. The major issue is that it does not ...
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A better way how to view *.chm files [closed]

I'm able to decompile *.chm file using hh -decompile <target_folder> <help_file.chm> in help_file.chm location (see Question: decompiling chm file: hh.exe requires only the filename. no ...
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Looking for specific characters in the filename in a directory (powershell)

Trying to get a list of all USA Titles in the text file this is what i have : $Path = "f:\Test\ $Text = "(USA)" $Results = "C:\Temp\test.txt" clear Get-ChildItem $Path | Where-Object {$_.Name -...
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How to stop Windows Search from auto excluding repository folders?

Windows search indexer is adding most paths to repository folders (both .git and .svn) to the exclusion list. I can remove them manually of course, but each time i rebuild the index - they are re-...
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Windows: Search through file contents except images

I need to search for the string 60 in some files. Many of these files are images. Is there a way to exclude by file extension while searching in windows explorer? Or I suppose there's a way with ...
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Search throughout an chm file

I need to know the "pages" of an chm file which contain a certain word, as one regularly does in pdfs or word docs using a regular search. The chm file does not allow me to do this. How should I ...
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Revert Windows 10 File Explorer to Previous Behaviour

Windows 10 Version 1909 introduced a new feature in File Explorer. Previously, when you searched in a File Explorer window, the contents of that folder/window would automatically change along with ...
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How to search for more than one file at a time using Windows? [duplicate]

I have 1,015 images in a folder and these images is classified into seven categories of medical diagnoses of skin cancer, and the same images are classified in the Excel file by number (the number of ...
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External Disk shows used up space but i am not able to find any files inside

I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.14.6. My external hard disk was working fine until one day all of a sudden it went blank, it doesn't show files anymore... I have a WD external HD and I am using ...
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How to search in all files using Finder?

I need to find all files on my Mac using some search criteria. I open Finder I press Cmd+F Using "+" button I add any search criteria, even stack of them but the search does not start – because in ...
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Windows Search Does Not Find Text in PDFs (Applies to Callouts, Text Boxes, and Typewriter Text Boxes)

What settings or steps, if any, can I use so that "annotation" types of text are found when using Windows to search PDFs for a specific word or words? Environment Windows 10 Acrobat 10 (Acrobat X) ...
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Search files with wildcard in windows 10 - not possible?

I used to be able in previous versions of windows, to use the native windows explorer file search with a * wildcard to locate all files of some type. I'm trying to find svg files in a project ...
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find: filter by added time

I know it is possible to filter by modified time by using modifier -mtime, but I would like to filter by the time the file was added I'm on mac and I see added time in finder
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How to make a shortcut for a program that doesn't showup in search results W8.1

I noticed I have BitTorrent on my system. I wanted to make a shortcut for it on my desktop and/or metro-screen. However I don't know where it's located on my C drive. I "search" for bittorrent and all ...
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Recursively copy files from subfolder and add file extension

I have following folder structure: /[randomChars]/icons/icon_[randomNumbersAndChars] For example: /awbwaidhawd/icons/icon_1241245 /awbwaidhawd/icons/icon_1552542 /awgawbvbbbb/icons/icon_1552542 /...
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Change Search Index Location in Windows 10

How to change the folder 📂 (directory) to store search index data for windows 10?
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find all files and lines that contains a specific string

I'm quite new with powershell, and I need to help my colleague finding all files in a folder that contains the word /Documents/. The output has to be in a text file containing both the path and the ...
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Need Windows script to create folders named with file dates and move files to the matching folder

I need a CMD or Powershell script or batch file to step through a list of files make a folder named with the date of a file if it doesn't already exist, then move that file into its matching ...
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GTK File Chooser: How to disable automatic search after folder selection?

When I open the GTK File Chooser Dialog to save a file and I start typing, the text goes into the filename text field (as expected). Now when I first choose a directory and then start typing, the text ...
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Copy network files with matching file names from a file list using Windows Batch Script

I have 2 files with 1 containing certain keywords and the other containing a list of paths. I want to search the keywords from the first file list into the list of file paths, and if found then copy ...
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Windows search behaves strangely with #### B#

I'm encountering a strange behavior when I search for files with a format of a serial number consisting of 4 digits, a space, a letter, and a digit (#### B#). Specifically when that letter is a B. ...
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Search for photos without photo date on Windows 10

On Windows 10, it is fairly easy to search for photos taken within some date range. However, I would like to search for all photos that are missing metadata on when the photo was taken. Is there any ...
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Why isn't searching on the command line using ag working?

I'm using Mac High Sierra. I have this version of "ag", the silver searcher installed localhost:jsminer-master davea$ ag --version ag version 0.31.0 Features: +jit +lzma +zlib I like ag because ...
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Cortana's not searching PC files...?

I have windows 10, btw. I'm trying to search for files in my documents folder (not in OneDrive) using Cortana, but whatever I search, the only documents that show up after a while are ones on my ...
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Fastest way to search through files

I'm making a software that would count the amount of files stored in the hard drive(s) ordered by extension. The software collects such data as: file name, extension, file size, file create date, file ...
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How to search for directories only in Windows Explorer? [duplicate]

For example searching for file does right thing: file:.git However searching for directory returns nothing: directory:.git
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How to make a file research specifying the final letters of the file

I need to find a file in a large folder using Microsoft Windows 10. The file is a Matlab script, that has extension ".m". I tried to search using "*.m", but the problem is that in such case the ...
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Want to sort my list of files according to date using Unix

My list of files is like ... Oct 13 03:50 TEST_j002_26047.trc Oct 11 17:10 TEST_j001_26047.trc Oct 10 10:43 TEST_j000_6096.trc Oct 12 02:52 TEST_j001_26048.trc I want my output in a sorted way ...
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Ack/Ag/Pt just list files?

For a Unix/Unix-like OS... So, I know I can just use find . to list all of the files recursively from the current folder. This includes files I am not interested in. Using Ack, Ag (silver searcher), ...
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Search option in Windows 10 file manager refuses to display paths

I am running Windows 10. I type, say, "name:xxx" in the search box. I have the view set to "details", and I have columns for (among other things) Name, Folder, Folder Name, Full Name, Path, and ...
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How to use regular expressions with Everything.exe

I want to use Everything to search a specific folder on an external drive for files with filenames ending in an underscore and number, such as in the below examples: _01 _1 _10 I want to do this for ...
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Search with OR in Windows

I have a folder with countries flags "us.svg", "fr.svg", "de.svg" etc... I need to remove all but there 3... So, is it possible to search with "OR", something like us | fr | de in order to cut ...
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Trying to search filenames with special characters in windows explorer (Windows 10)

Through a very annoying person's mistake, thousands of my files have been copied, often multiple times. This has resulted in thousands of files named filename(2), filename(3), etc. My bright idea was ...
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Windows find all files under a directory

I'm hoping for the Windows Explorer equivalent to Linux's find . type -f. I did *.* in the search field but it listed directories as well; I wanted just files. Everything I've found on the ...