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    Win Explorer cannot find file from partial name

    I generally name files to include some word or abbreviation that I think I will remember. This worked fine in XP with its search facility, but not in Win 7.

    Example I have a file named IMG_4064Soar-y-M.
    I remember the name of the place contained the letters "Soar". Typing this in XP's Win Explorer finds the file immediately. Not in Win 7. I have a netbook with Win 7 Starter and a laptop with Home Premium and they act the same. Partial search is enabled.

    What seems to happen is that the search will return the file name if the search letters are at the beginning of the file name, or are are preceded by a space or preceded by a hyphen or preceded by underscore. So if I rename the file with a space before the S, it will be found. Also just typing the letter y will return the file name. (And I do not get swamped because there are very few others that it will find.)

    Is there a way to get XP behaviour emulated here?

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    You could use the much better program called 'Everything'.
    Can be got here
    http://www.voidtools.com/download.php

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    Thanks, will look into that.

    Actually, as soon as I posted, I decided to try * in fornt of my search letters, and that did work.

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    I would think that you have to index the OS properly first. Type indexing options in the search box to accomplish this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedshemyers View Post
    I would think that you have to index the OS properly first. Type indexing options in the search box to accomplish this.
    Thanks. I had done that. In any event, I'm only searching for the file name, not contents.

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