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    Re: Windows Search (Win XP SP2 - Classic Search)

    Have you tried putting all of the search string "within double quotes"?

    I have usually found Search to be deeply frustrating...

    John
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    Re: Windows Search (Win XP SP2 - Classic Search)

    I hadn't tried that, but it didn't work.

    I tried all in quotes, then the non-wildcard bit in quotes. Neither worked.

    Colin

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    Windows Search (Win XP SP2 - Classic Search)

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Can anyone explain how Windows Search works.

    i have just done a search for

    Germany June 05 - N*.*

    I understood that this would have brought me results of all files starting with exactly that phrase. This gives me recent photos taken by my son whose name begins with N. It should have returned 256 files, but in fact it gave me 1389 results, starting with folders with totally unrelated names.

    The next batch began

    Germany June 05 - *.*. ie without the "N".

    These were photos I took, and I deliberately wanted to exclude them from the search.

    It then returned various other files with totally unrelated file names.

    I've posted a couple of screen grabs showing some of these results,

    http://www.cmcdonald.co.uk/computing/win/s...archresults.htm

    but I'm totally confused as to whatever logic WIndows uses to get these results.

    Secondly, any suggestions as to how I get the results I want.

    Colin

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    Re: Windows Search (Win XP SP2 - Classic Search)

    You can't include a space in the file name specification, for Search interprets it as a delimiter. For example, if you want to find Word and Excel files, you can search for
    <pre>*.doc *.xls
    </pre>

    Your search string tells Windows to look for file names containing "Germany", or containing "June", or containing "05", or containing "-", or beginning with "N".
    On my PC (Windows XP SP-2), it works if I put the entire search string in quotes, i.e.
    <pre>"Germany June 05 - N*.*"
    </pre>

    I created several files with names matching this pattern, and only those were found.

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