1. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 18
    Win10
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    How to search case-sensitive in Win10 file explorer?


    I found this articles:
    Search - Find More with Filters and Operators - Windows 7 Help Forums
    and
    Search - Find More with Filters and Operators 8 (eightforums.com)

    both tell us in part 2 how to fine tune search filters.

    What I can't find is the syntax to search case-sensitive in keywords.
    I would like to search exactly for this string: "blue water".
    I don't want to see results like "Blue water" or "Blue Water" or "blue water bubbles". Only exactly my string.

    The example in the tutorial says: name:~<memo
    but also lists "memo.txt" and "Memo to IT dept.doc" as results (for filenames).

    How can I force the search in Windows 10 file explorer to search keywords exactly like I need it?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,042
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    I am afraid it's impossible with Windows Search:

    Microsoft Windows Search queries are not case-sensitive. This includes query keywords (SELECT is identical to Select, select, and sELect) and search terms. If an identifier or literal uses Unicode characters that have case-mapping semantics, the search engine considers all the cases equivalent.
    Source: Case Sensitivity in Searches (Windows)
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  3. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 18
    Win10
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    Thank you very much, Kari! Do you know any other possibility? (Maybe a 3rd-party-tool or even .net source-code who is capable to do this?)
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  4. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 40
    Windows 10
       2 Weeks Ago #4

    WTenNewbie said: View Post
    ..... Do you know any other possibility? (Maybe a 3rd-party-tool .............
    Have a look at the following thread, my vote is for Everything Search and for case sensitive search (and others) look in Menu > Help > Search Syntax

    You might find another better suits your needs.
    What is the best desktop search replacement for windows 10? - Windows 10 Forums

    Good luck
    Last edited by FrillyBits; 2 Weeks Ago at 21:56. Reason: Clarification
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  5. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 18
    Win10
       2 Weeks Ago #5

    Thank you for your recommendation, FrillyBits.

    It seems "Everything Search" doesn't search for keywords/tags (inside my pictures).
    From the ES-FAQ:
    "Does Everything search file contents?
    No, "Everything" does not search file contents, only file and folder names."
    I have to look for such a function in the other tools.

    Addition:
    UltraSearch has the same limitation as the built-in search. From the help point 3 "Search for file content":
    Case sensitivity
    Differences in capital or smaller case letters will be disregarded for all search types (searching for file names, file types or file content). The search is 'case insensitive'. UltraSearch will use the code page associated with the currently specified locale.
    Last edited by WTenNewbie; 2 Weeks Ago at 05:18.
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  6. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 18
    Win10
       2 Weeks Ago #6

    I think, I have found a workaround:
    In my Windows 10 library called "Photos" I enter the search string: "blue water"
    I get too many results including the unwanted "Blue water" or "Blue Water" or "blue water bubbles".

    Then I switch the View to "Details" and double check that the column "Tags" is visible.
    To sort the content in this column, I click on the column header of "Tags".
    Now I can see all the entries (highlighted) including "blue water" and it's a little bit easier to find the one matching exactly my case-spelling.

    It's still too much work, but better then the other tools I have found (the one searching inside files for keywords/tags are extremely slow).

    The advantage of this workaround:
    I can directly modify such Tags in the file explorer.
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  7. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,241
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       2 Weeks Ago #7

    Hi, Windows search (if you really want to use it like this!) does support syntax such as this:
    Music

    These are properties common to music files. To limit the search to music only, the syntax is:
    kind:music <property>:<value>
    where <property> is a property listed below and <value> is the user-specified search term.
    Property Use Example
    Bit rate bitrate, rate bitrate:192
    Artist artist, by or from artist:John Singer
    Duration duration duration:3
    Album album album:"greatest hits"
    Genre genre genre:rock
    Track track track:12
    Year year year:> 1980 < 1990

    Here it picks out the one tagged file in a folder based on genre:classical
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    See:
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)

    Locate32 (which works on the same principles as Ultrasearch and Everything but is older) supports case sensitive searches but I've not tried tags on music files:
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  8. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 18
    Win10
       2 Weeks Ago #8

    @dalchina: Are you sure that your <value> as user-specified search term will be searched case-sensitive?
    And does "Locate32" search for tags inside files, not only for file- and foldernames?
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  9. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,241
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       2 Weeks Ago #9

    Hi, I never stated or meant to imply it would be case sensitive.
    Locate32 (which works on the same principles as Ultrasearch and Everything but is older) supports case sensitive searches but I've not tried tags on music files:

    - as per my post..which I updated maybe after you read it.
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  10. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,241
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       2 Weeks Ago #10

    Interestingly, Locate32 DOES do a case sensitive search on mp3 tags, now I've tried it. Well, well.

    Whereas Ultrasearch help says:
    Case sensitivity

    Differences in capital or smaller case letters will be disregarded for all search types (searching for file names, file types or file content). The search is 'case insensitive'. UltraSearch will use the code page associated with the currently specified locale.
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