Windows 10: How to search a file by its partial name? Solved

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  1.    18 Dec 2015 #1

    How to search a file by its partial name?


    Hi,

    I have a file named IMG_20151218_0001.pdf. How can search it when I only remember it has 1218 as a part of the file name? Thanks. I tried some of the searches and the result is empty, such as filename:"*1218*", *1218*, and "*1218*".

    Thank you.
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  2.    18 Dec 2015 #2

    Does it work if you search for *1218?
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  3.    18 Dec 2015 #3

    Since you know that the file is a .pdf format, one idea would be to limit the search in the following way:
    search for *1218*.pdf
    The * character used as wildcards allow for any characters before or after the 1218 and the .pdf limits the actual searching to only Portable Document Format files (pdf's).
    Another way would be to search with these criteria: IMG*1218*.*
    This would find all file types (the portion of the file name after the last dot which contained IMG and 1218

    Just my two cents.

    Hope this helps.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    18 Dec 2015 #4

    Hi, recommend using locate32 (freeware)

    If you can't recall the location - it works
    If you want to do wild card searches, you get 'instantaneous' results as you type the search string.

    It builds an index (you can have multiple indices) and you can easily specify limits on the range of your search. (E.g. partition, folder)...

    Add to that date range, size and the ability to search within some text files..

    Logical operators, reg. expressions supported.
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  5.    18 Dec 2015 #5

    I used locate32 during my XP days and it was great but it is not being updated much these days so for Windows 10 I have moved on to Everything Search Engine which is still being actively developed
    • Totally free (donations accepted)
    • Small installation file
    • Clean and simple user interface
    • Quick file indexing
    • Quick searching
    • Minimal resource usage
    • Share files with others easily
    • Real-time updating
    • Much more .......
    There is also a Portable version so you can test it and if it's not what you want then simply delete the folder
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  6.    18 Dec 2015 #6

    yma16 said: View Post
    Hi,

    I have a file named IMG_20151218_0001.pdf. How can search it when I only remember it has 1218 as a part of the file name? Thanks. I tried some of the searches and the result is empty, such as filename:"*1218*", *1218*, and "*1218*".

    Thank you.
    Have you tried just 1218 in the search box or icon located next to start button....change the setting to search just your PC. Seems to work for me when I'm looking for something.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    19 Dec 2015 #7

    using *1218*.pdf under My stuff did not find the file
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  8.    19 Dec 2015 #8

    I have also experienced missing files when using wildcard search. Hoping this gets fixed.

    To limit the results, and speed up the search, start the search with name:
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    19 Dec 2015 #9

    [QUOTE=yma16;506886]using *1218*.pdf under My stuff did not find the file[/QUOTE
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  10.    19 Dec 2015 #10

    Are you searching your entire "C" drive (assuming it's your only drive) and not just a folder under it?
    I have often found that when I cannot locate a file, the search was being limited to some specific folder like "My Documents" as opposed to the entire drive.

    You could also search the entire drive for "*.pdf" and check in the list you get back.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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