Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
    Posts
    200
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    If I use the Files & Folders search to look for for a particular string of text, it finds all files and folders containing that string.

    However, when I go to "More advanced options" and select "Folder" as the type of file, it doesn't find anything, not even the folders that it found previously.

    Any idea what I am doing wrong?

  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Renton, Washington, USA
    Posts
    12,560
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    A "Folder" does not contain data only files, therefore the searched "string" can not be found.

    Also the "Folder" option would be looking for only a folder with the "string" in the folder name.

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

  3. #3
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
    Posts
    200
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    "Also the "Folder" option would be looking for only a folder with the "string" in the folder name."

    I know that. That is what I meant. If I search for the string "ACM" I find files and folders that have the string "ACM" in their name.

    When I set it to search for files of type Folder, I get no results, not even the folder whose name IS ACM.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Renton, Washington, USA
    Posts
    12,560
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 19-Oct-04 15:56. )</P>Are these "main" folders or sub-folders that contain the "string"?

    Edit
    Just tried it on my machine, and with the folders option ONLY the main folders were listed that contain the string, none of the sub folders were found. And YES I have search sub folders checked.

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

  5. #5
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
    Posts
    200
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    When searching for Files and Folders, Windows takes sub-folders to mean any folder that is sited within the folder from where you are begining the search.

    However, folders in the folder from where you are begining the search are found, even if one does not have the "search subfolders" flag set, because a folder is inly a file of type folder.

    So to answer your question, if by main folders you are referring to folders directly in the folder where I am begining the search, then the answer is "It doesn't matter". If I set the file type to folder, nothing is found. No folders in the root directory, no folders in the current directory, nothing, zilch, zero.

  6. #6
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,684
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts

    Re: Finda Folda (2002 PRO SP1)

    I doubt that you are doing anything wrong. We're talking about a Microsoft product here. It's common knowledge that the Search tool in XP leaves something to be desired and isn't very through in its searches. It's a common thread through their product line. They release half finished products and then issue patches and updates to fix what should have been right to start with. Some of this is unavoidable, of course, but for tools that are part of the OS not to function properly, is simply inexcuseable. For the time being, we're all stuck with their OS. But there are many third-party programs and utilities that pickup the MS slack. An excellent replacement for the Search feature in Windows is InfoSelect. It will organize your data and make finding things easier than you ever imagined.
    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/DocWatson_sig.gif>

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •