How to make Search not incredibly bad?

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to make Search not incredibly bad?


    It's so infuriating when something works 100% perfect and then Microsoft completely destroy it.
    I just want to be able to search for a specific file type or size within a particular date range, which used to be effortless about a decade ago on Windows:

    - Click Search
    - Choose the type of file/ type the extension
    - Pick the range of dates
    - Press Search

    Now I have to write a load of code even I find impossible to remember all the special codes and symbols for, let alone my mum ever having a chance in hell. Yes there's 'Search tools' which stupidly only appear after you've searched for a word (I don't want to search for a word, I want to search for ALL files in a range without typing obscure code) I click "Select date range" and it forces me to choose from a handful of pointlessly limited options. Die.

    Okay - rant over. Please can anyone advise me how to simple search for video files from a custom range of dates?
    Thank you 🙏

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    Also it's insanely slow. How has 'Everything' - a completely unrelated to Microsoft group made a vastly faster app for searching literally a Windows file system? That's embarassing.
    I like Everything but again I have to type a ton of code I always have to Google to search things. What's wrong with having a visual interface for search options??

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    Using FileLocator Lite for the moment. Finally I can just select the date range to search for. Hallelujah.
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  2. Posts : 42,874
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    How do you improve Windows search and make it work as it used to?

    It's true that the most convenient intuitive way to search for files is to use a free indexing 3rd party program. Almost no learning curve.

    Windows search includes content search, and search syntax (few are aware of the search syntax that can be used, supported in part by explorer's ribbon options).

    Windows search: first revert to how it was until build 1903 using this free tool.
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    a visual interface for search options??
    - see file explorer's ribbon under the search tab.
    (The Search tab is activated by clicking in the search box, once you have made the above change- as it used to be).

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    Now you can do what you want:
    - Click Search
    - Choose the type of file/ type the extension
    - Pick the range of dates
    - Press Search

    Then you can do things like:
    How to make Search not incredibly bad?-untitled.png

    - and note correct syntax is again highlighted in blue.

    I can find anything by content near instantly even starting with file explorer open at This PC.

    But I also have Locate32: (indexing by name, free)
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  3. Posts : 295
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Read my Sig...
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    F22 Simpilot said:
    Read my Sig...
    ..?
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  5. Posts : 2,135
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #5

    Ultrasearch
    Everything
    Agent Ransack
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  6. Posts : 42,874
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    Please, not another question about Windows Search which results in recommendations for a load of 3rd party tools.

    Folks, we've been there, done that... so often.. it's really, really tedious and so predictable, and does nothing to address the actual question - which I have.

    Those who deride Windows Search mostly don't seeem to understand it. And that is its weakness. It's not simple consumer tool.

    I'll probably unsubscribe very soon.
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  7. Posts : 6,290
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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  8. Posts : 42,874
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    Except it isn't exactly equivalent- unless it's changed, it doesn't index content, rather as with (all?) the free search tools, a content search of found files is tagged on. If that's changed, I'd be interested. I also found it used more resources last I tried it.
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  9. Posts : 16,892
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #9

    I hesitated to post in this thread because I agree with dalchina.

    But, since the subject of content searching has cropped up, I'd like to point out that NirSoft's SearchMyFiles does content searching.
    You simply put what you want in its user interface entry File contains.
    I use its contents search facility to find MSOffice Excel & Word files, PDF files, text files and more besides.
    my ditty - using SearchMyFiles for contents search [post #8] - TenForums

    @lukeflegg It also has selectable date range filters in its user interface so no codes/keywords need to be memorised.

    All the best,
    Denis
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  10. Posts : 2,905
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #10

    lukeflegg, I noticed a lot of "updating" in your first post with progress of what you're going through.

    I believe you're editing your first post after you see people's replies.
    That looks a bit confusing of when you "replied" back in this thread.

    So it's always best to make a new Reply every time you post back here by
    1) Scrolling to the bottom of this page
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    Which is exactly what I did just now.
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