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how to search for 1) FileName ,or, 2) Folder name

by vmars316 / March 11, 2010 2:01 PM PST

My win7 searches always go to search what's in files.
How to search for 1) FileName ,or, 2) Folder name,
rather than the contents of a file.

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It's by default...
by John.Wilkinson / March 12, 2010 1:22 AM PST

Windows 7 search can search through the contents of some files, and option you can enable/disable under search settings, but it always searches through file/folder names, often giving those search results priority.


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by CassandraF_WinTeam / March 12, 2010 1:50 AM PST

When searching from the Start menu, only files that have been indexed will appear in search results. Windows 7 allows you to save in what is called a library, making it easier to find the files and folders you look for most frequently. Files that are saved in libraries are automatically indexed. Take advantage of the libraries feature and then try your search again. Here is more about searching for files in Windows 7:


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Though I begin search here "C:\" . Win7 can't find it.
by vmars316 / March 13, 2010 5:55 AM PST
In reply to: Indexing...

I have a Folder here: C:\~emailRelated called ~emailRelated.
No matter which searchBox I use winExplorer or startButton,
and though I begin search here "C:\" , with ~email* .
Win7 can't find it.

Sure I'll ck out those freewares.

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(NT) As Cassandra said, add it to the index.
by John.Wilkinson / March 15, 2010 8:15 AM PDT
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Agent Ransack
by Doh_1 / March 12, 2010 10:09 AM PST

One of my favorite ways to search for files and folders on windows is a piece of freeware called "Agent Ransack". You can just download and install it, and you can use regular expressions just like the big boys when you're searching for files. It is a nice tool, doesn't cost anything to try it or to use it.


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another good freeware program
by ruthlowell / March 13, 2010 4:47 AM PST
In reply to: Agent Ransack

There is a terrific search program called Everything. It comes up very very fast and you can dispense with windows 7 indexing. Go to


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Thanks all:
by vmars316 / March 16, 2010 4:29 AM PDT

Thanks all!
I have downloaded "Everything" and "Agent Ransack".
Yes, "Everything" is very fast for Files and Folders.

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agent ransack free
by vmars316 / January 31, 2011 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: Agent Ransack

Pls, where can I find a User Forum for agent ransack?

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