exact search


  1. Posts : 3
    win 10
       #1

    exact search


    i saw another thread with similar problems,but i need to search "( .)",not (.) ["space point" not only "point"].when i make my search,i find all files with (.).how can i find the exact match?
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  2. das10's Avatar
    Posts : 2,759
    Win 10 pro 20H2
       #2

    Try for example to find something like alpha( .)beta.txt
    Code:
    *~="( ."~=")"*.*
    
    ~="( ." escapes opening bracket space and dot
    ~=")"   escapes closing bracket
    or any other variation by 'escaping' the special characters.

    Windows 7 search for file with a special character in the file name? - Super User
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  3. das10's Avatar
    Posts : 2,759
    Win 10 pro 20H2
       #3

    Alternatively, third party search tools should be able to do regex seraches too.
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  4. Posts : 3
    win 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    ~=" ."
    this one works.
    the others,doesn't recognise the space: when i put space - point,return to ONLY point.thanks
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,978
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #5

    Here's a really simple intuitive way using Locate 32: just enclose the search string in " "

    exact search-1.png

    (Locate32 is a free find-as-you-type indexing tool).

    Unfortunately file explorer search does seem to recognise \ as an escape character, or the use of hex representation, for example.
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  6. Posts : 3
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    good to know .thank for info
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