On 5/5/2018 10:34 AM, Char Jackson wrote:
Post by Char Jackson
1. Pay attention to where you put things so that you don't have to
search for them later.
2. Pay attention to how you name things so that your searches can be
3. You knew what the file extension was, so include that in your search.
4. Learn to use your search tools so that you can avoid another case of
not being able to find something on short notice.
5. Windows search is the worst of your available options, so learn to
use tools such as Everything and Agent Ransack.
Anyway, all's well that ends well, right? You found your document and
you lived another day. Another narrow escape.
I love Search Everything by voidtools, it's very fast, free, and
full-featured. From the FAQ:
Type the partial file or folder name into the search edit, the results
will appear instantly.
AND is the default boolean operator. For example, to search for abc and
123, search for: abc 123
To search for either of two search terms, add a | between the terms. For
example, to search for .jpg or .bmp, search for: .jpg | .bmp
To exclude something from the search include a ! at the front of the
term. For example, to search for everything except abc, search for: !abc
To show the basic search syntax in Everything: In "Everything", from the
Help menu, click Search syntax.
Using a * in your search will match any number of any type of character.
For example, here is how to search for files and folders that start with
e and end with g: e*g
Using a ? in your search will match one character. For example, here is
how to search for files that have a 2 letter file extension: *.??
To include spaces in your search enclose your search in double quotes.
For example, here is how to search for foo<space>bar: "foo bar"
To search for a file type, type the file extension into the search edit,
eg: to search for the mp3 file type, type *.mp3 into the search edit.
To search for more than one type of file type use a | to separate file
types, eg: *.bmp|*.jpg will search for files with the extension bmp or jpg.
To search for files and folders in a specific location include a \ in
your search string. For example, here is how to search for all your mp3s
in a downloads folder: downloads\ .mp3
You could alternately enable Match Path in the Search menu and include
the location in your search string.
For example, here is how to search for all your avis in a downloads
folder with Match Path enabled: downloads .avi
(also has advanced searching)