1.    02 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 2
    windows 10

    File Explorer search, display only files using column number


    When I have a long number of files in a folder and want to use the search function to show only the file names that contain a certain number or letter at an exact column number (in the file name) how can I accomplish that?

    example

    kit12.txt
    dog 33.txt
    dog 45.txt
    dog 46.txt
    kit 55.txt
    many more

    and I only want to see all the file name that have in file name column 5 the number 4.

    so I would see only

    dog 45.txt
    dog 46.txt

    Is that possible with file explorer search options or do I need to use a special software program?
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  2.    03 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,514
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, use regular expressions.

    E.g. search
    d*3*.txt

    will find any such file containing a 3 in the name of that format.

    If you want to specify the position of the character 3, then use e.g.

    d?3*.txt

    More:
    Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax | Ars Technica
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)
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  3.    03 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, use regular expressions.

    E.g. search
    d*3*.txt

    will find any such file containing a 3 in the name of that format.

    If you want to specify the position of the character 3, then use e.g.

    d?3*.txt

    More:
    Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax | Ars Technica
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)
    Hi dalchina! Thanks for this answer, I will try it! And thanks for the extra information!
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