A confusion in file explorer menu nomenclature?

  1. Posts : 35,628
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    A confusion in file explorer menu nomenclature?

    Hi, in the ribbon there are two instances of 'Type' when specifying search parameters.
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    The upper one is actually 'Kind' - the kind of file e.g. video, picture etc and is expressed as kind:= in the search field.

    The lower is the file type, expressed as type: in the search field.

    Is anyone confused?

    I have a feeling this was quite different in 1703. Do you recall how that appeared?
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  2. Posts : 5,478

    I think you search with kind:=document or kind:=video (for multiple extensions) or alternatively type:=.exe or type:=.txt for a specific extension.

    The top button puts kind:=whatever you chose in the search box while the bottom one simply puts type: in the search box and you have to manually type in "=.txt" or whatever extension you are looking for.

    On 1709 I have "Kind" and "Type" separately not "Type" for both as you do. Perhaps because I use en-US and something was lost in translation to en-GB if you use that?

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  3. Posts : 35,628
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
    Thread Starter

    Hi, that's interesting- so could be a language pack ..er.. mis- type.

    I seem to recall it was Kind in 1703 for me..
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  4. Posts : 12,494
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro

    I see the same Search choices in the latest RTM version, Kind at the top but clicking Other properties get the Type. And the choices are Dynamic, menu changes according to what the Search is in.
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  5. Posts : 5,478

    Need someone with en-GB to check it I guess.

    Alternatively @dalchina could delete "C:\Windows\en-GB\explorer.exe.mui" and it should then default to en-US (I think that would work).

    The word Kind is pretty much an exact synonym of Type. I guess Extension would be better than Type here (seeing a Type is short for File Type in this case) but Extension wouldn't fit in the UI as it has too many letters.

    Must be quite hard writing a multi-lingual computer systems now I think of it, but as far as I know these 2 words don't have different meanings in UK and US English so a small mystery certainly :)
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  6. Posts : 35,628
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
    Thread Starter

    Not exactly earth shattering...! I've sent in a note via the feedback app on a language pack basis.

    Just came across it when looking at something for someone.

    English is great at words with similar but not quite identical words because of its mongrel linguistic history. Word pairs like sick/ill ... which can be used to mean the same- or something different.. Latin + Germanic + French.. and more..
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