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    Explorer search NOT date modified (any)

    I'm searching My Computer for aa20080318.dot, using Windows Explorer.
    I know I had it a day or two ago - I've been working on it this week.
    I type the full name into the search box, but this time I pause before choosing "When was it modified".
    It seems to me that if I know the full name, and if i know that the name is fairly unique, applying a date or Size parameter to the search isn't really going to help much.
    Either
    (a) Explorer will search for each occurrence of the name and then apply the date/size filter
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    ( Explorer will apply the date/size filter to every file, and then apply the name filter.
    In case (a) I've found the few instances of the file, half a dozen at most (in ZIPs, as BAK etc) so what do I care?
    In case ( that's extra time spent applying criteria that won't really affect the outcome.

    I'm starting to think that date/size constraints might only be relevant when I've forgotton the name, but can remember the content ("A word or phrase in the file")

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    Re: Explorer search NOT date modified (any)

    You may have had it open, but did you save it, so it has a more current date? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Otherwise I would drop the date range or open it up to a larger window to search! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Explorer search NOT date modified (any)

    I tend not to bother messing with the date parameter if I know the file name, but I'd note that the search box for the Name says (in XP anyway), "All or part of the file name" -- and I don't know of any way to force a non-fuzzy search.

    So you might think Windows is just looking for aa20080318.dot, but it's really going to also be looking out for, for example, gaaaaa20080318.dot. Not to mention aa20080318.dot.dash.txt. So I assume that means Windows is going to do at least a minimal parse of quite a few files' names as it searches. I'd guess you might save some time by specifying a narrow date range because I'd guess Windows can winnow the date-inappropriate files out of a folder faster than it can parse the filenames. But I haven't tested. I'll leave that to you, since you're the thread-starter. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Explorer search NOT date modified (any)

    >I'll leave that to you, since you're the thread-starter.
    Oh.
    Is that how it works.
    I thought you guys were here just to provide me with answers .....

    I suspect that the search time is relevant mainly when I'm doing a search of My Computer, which is my 100GB partitioned into C: and D:, with D: further mapped into about eight SUBST drives, each representing a small folder from the D: drive. Those times I usually go pour myself another drink anyway.

    I'd not thought about the fuzzy search on name. I'm guessing that the date search is a straight comparison of something like a Single-precision floating point value.
    Since many of my working-file-names incorporate the YYYYMMDD in the name, augmenting the search with a date range ("I was working on it early this month") might make more sense.

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