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    Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    I'm trying to save search criteria (e.g. search only in Favorites). I was able to do this with Win98 by just saving the search, but with XP it saves the search string but reverts to Look In all hard drives instead of the Look In location the search was made in. How do I save the search with the Look In location also saved? TIA, J

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    This is from the search companion help.
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    To save a search query

    When you complete your search using Search Companion, click the File menu, and then click Save Search.
    In Save in, specify the location where you want to save the search query.
    In File name, type a name for the file, and then click Save.
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    When you open a search query, it will automatically begin a new search using the saved search criteria .
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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Based on trial and error, I have discovered this: If you use "Browse..." to find the path, it will not be saved. However, if you type the path, even using AutoComplete, then it will be saved. Weird!!

    So to get to Favorites, you'd type c:doc and then down arrow to complete, then the beginning of your username, then downarrow, then favorites. After you complete the field, the "Star" icon should appear indicating you got the folder. When you save this search, it should work. Does it?

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Thanks! It worked! Best wishes, J

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    So far so good -- but is there a way to save a search when it involves a several-folder path (e.g., c:dclips;c:dnotes;c:dsettings)? Multi-folder paths got saved in Win98 but I haven't found a way to do it in WinXP.

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Other than by trial and error, I have no idea how you would figure that out...

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Hello,

    I just came across this thread. I thought it was the answer I' was looking for as I really want to save some searches so I can create shortcuts and search on the same criteria again and again. I tried the typing approach but unfortunately it didn't work. Does anyone know anything more about this? Is there any other way to repeat searches. I looked at Agent Ransack but I didn't like the design. I don't need the complexity. I just need to be able to search the same group of folders over and over again for particular file names.

    Thanks,

    Chris (Hunt).

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    My saved searches keep clearing the "Search Hidden Files and Folders" option. Any ideas on how to make that stick?
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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Windows Search has annoyed me from the word GO. So on this slack afternoon I decided to try to tame it. My effort so far can be found on http://norris.port5.com/Find+.zip - 180KB. It contains 3 files that should all stay in the same folder. I based it on a single-purpose-built executable called FaF, which "forces" the sometimes stubborn Windows search dialog to open. The program I wrote, Find+ feeds saved search parameters to the dialog and runs the search - seems to work OK so far. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    The Saved Search Specification (SSS) files follow the old INI file format, so are easy to knock out. The sample file included is GalleryDocs.sss, which looks like this:
    <code>
    ; This is a sample Saved Search Specification (SSS) file.
    ; Use your own parameters as shown below.
    ; Note that " marks should NOT be used around strings containing spaces.

    [SearchSpecs]
    FileName=*.doc
    Phrase=the gallery
    LookIn=documents and SettingsAlanMy Documents
    </code>
    Pretty self-explanatory. You can associate SSS files to run in Find+ or you can drag & drop them onto the Find+ icon. A work in infancy, so any suggestions welcome. I could probably accommodate the extended options in the search dialog, as well as generate (then run) the SSS files from a little interface with browse button and other Q&D windows controls. I'll continue with this if anyone thinks it might be useful.

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Pretty nifty, and perhaps it is just me - but search seems to run faster this way.

    What other parameters are available?
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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    > search seems to run faster this way
    Ah, that will be an unintended consequence of my rigourously tight coding. <img src=/S/liar.gif border=0 alt=liar width=25 height=22>

    > What other parameters are available?
    Well, there's all those options that appear when you open up any of the buttons shown. Not sure how hard it would be to connect to them though. I'll give it a shot anyway.

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    That's quite slick stuff, Alan, so thanks a lot for sharing! One suggestion would be to add a little README to the zip file with some of the text of your post so users wouldn't forget how to construct the .SSS file, and etc. Keep after it with however much "spare time" ( <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ) you have...

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    Re: Save Search Criteria (SP1)

    Thanks Al. I think I will persue this one and take your suggestions on board.

    Alan

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