How to modify File Explorer Search options?

  1. Jambon28's Avatar
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    How to modify File Explorer Search options?


    Hi,

    When I search in a folder for a particular file and I enter only a part of the name in the "Search" field, the search result will be void.
    Now, if I enter the full name, I will find the relevant file in Search results.
    So it looks like there's a "Full word only" option activated by default: how can I change this option so that there are some results even for portions of the name only? (I hope it makes sense).

    Thank you in advance for your help,

    Windows version: 21H2 (OS Build 19044. 1348)
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    Jambon28 said:
    Hi,

    When I search in a folder for a particular file and I enter only a part of the name in the "Search" field, the search result will be void.
    Now, if I enter the full name, I will find the relevant file in Search results.
    So it looks like there's a "Full word only" option activated by default: how can I change this option so that there are some results even for portions of the name only? (I hope it makes sense).

    Thank you in advance for your help,

    Windows version: 21H2 (OS Build 19044. 1348)



    Use the wildcard... *

    Say you want to search a bunch of images, with a starting number of 3...

    image3*.jpg
    or image3*.*

    Or maybe you want to search for folders or files starting with Win

    Win*
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  3. Jambon28's Avatar
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    Oh my bad ... Fantastic!
    I totally forgot about this
    Many thanks!
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  4. Ghot's Avatar
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    Jambon28 said:
    Oh my bad ... Fantastic!
    I totally forgot about this
    Many thanks!


    If you want to search for a specific number of characters or numbers, you can also use the ? wildcard.

    image 3???.*

    This will search for all files named image in the 3000 range, that have ANY file extension.
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  5. Jambon28's Avatar
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    Hmm, cool. Thanks again.
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  6. steve108's Avatar
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    Jambon28 said:
    Hmm, cool. Thanks again.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...s-aqsreference more search tricks for your pleasure
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  7. Jambon28's Avatar
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    Wow, powerful features, thx!
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