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    Using the search facility on filenames alone?

    I want to find all files that begin with "backup of" in a directory tree. But when I enter that (e.g. backup of*.docx), it also searches within the file for any reference to "backup" and "of" etc.

    How can I stop Windows (in this case, Windows 7), from doing that?

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    Alan,
    Hello... Ultra File Search is a free program that you can customize that i use in place of the Windows Search ... Does not build an index but runs on the "fly" You can set it up to search the way you want.... Its a Free Program UltraFileSearch Regards Fred

    PS: not sure if it won't find the same ....but it's worth a shot
    PlainFred

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    Thanks - I'll look into that. I was hoping for a Windows answer because I want to use the resultant list to drag the files to one new location. But maybe UFS will handle it.


    Edit - No, that's no good. I can't select the files (it found 166 of them) and drag them to another folder.

    Alan
    Last edited by alan sh; 2012-05-10 at 10:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    I want to find all files that begin with "backup of" in a directory tree. But when I enter that (e.g. backup of*.docx), it also searches within the file for any reference to "backup" and "of" etc.

    How can I stop Windows (in this case, Windows 7), from doing that?
    Search for system.filename:~<"backup of"

    This was covered eight months ago in Woody's article Getting the most from Windows Search — Part 2

    This and other keyword searches are also explained at Microsoft's Advanced tips for searching in Windows (7)

    Bruce

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    Thanks Bruce - that covers it.

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    BTW, all the details from that Microsoft link are available in Windows 7's built-in Help and Support if you search for "search" and click Advanced tips for searching in Windows.

    (Or Browse Help contents to All Help > Files, folders and libraries > Searching and Organizing > Searching and search options > Advanced tips for searching in Windows)

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