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    File Manager (Windows XP)

    Is there a way to use Windows explorer with wildcards to display files in a directory, for example, "Jeanie*.*"? Or, is there a good third-party replacement for windows explorer?

    I'm sure this question has been asked and answered here before...

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    I guess it depends on what you mean by "display files." The Windows Search function will do what it seems like you're asking. Or, you could open a good ol' command prompt window and use the old fashioned DIR command. Since we know that Windows Explorer wil also sort the file pane in a number of ways, can you clarify a bit more what it is you want? Is finding all files named " Jeanie*.* " something you do on a recurring basis?

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    Thanks for the input. I think I'll try a third-party file manager for a while. I need to be able to sort files by their titles to work with them more effectively. I manage several hundred templates, the first 3 digits, the client code, so I need to be able to list the files only for that client, etc. The Find feature is far to cumbersome for that. I found several third-party file manager which allow you to apply a filter, so I'll try some of those and see which one I like best!

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    Good luck and if you've time, let us know what you settle on. The reason I asked my question(s) the way I did is that Windows Explorer can be run from a command line to "select" and view all manner of choices but as far as I know, NOT multiple files. I'd love to stand corrected if another Lounger can come up with the correct parameters.

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    Jeanie--

    I think you can get done what you want with several third party apps. Baxbex's Folderbox 2.0 might do as well as Power Desk. Folder Box is free up to two boxes, but to use 10 you have to get the paid version. Several people are high on Folder Box--I use the free one. You might also Google for Windows Explorer organizers or some word you sub with Windows Explorer and you'll come up with several choices.

    There are several threads on Software Finds mentioning Folder Box, but since the back pages have been truncated and will probably remain that way for a long time, I don't know how many are still available. TimO has done at least a couple posts on it. Here's one recent post on Explorer views and there are probably some in the XP archives which go back further.

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    Do either of those two programs do what she wants to do? Read her initial post carefully. She wants to be able to view SELECTED files in a given directory, without seeing all the rest. I can't seem to find evidence of that capability on those two links, but maybe I'm not reading in the right place.....

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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    FolderBox supports wildcard filters, and you can predefine up to five tabs (folderboxes) in the free version (not just two). That may be enough, and the filters are quick to change on the fly.

    Power Desk can probably do it too - it seems capable of pretty much anything, provided you're prepared to devote half a lifetime to learn to drive it.
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    Re: File Manager (Windows XP)

    Power Desk can filter files. The built in file viewer (Pro 5 version supports over 200 formats) will also let you view the selected files.

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