Windows 10: How to search for files with multiple extensions

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  1.    04 Dec 2016 #11

    If you want to search just particular extentions then type in the search box (*.txt) or what ever extention you want and the search will show them all.
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  2.    04 Dec 2016 #12

    Wow. I really didn't think I was that bad at explaining a problem. Let me try this again, for anyone else willing to give this a try, with a bit more details that might help clarify.

    I have a folder with approx. 600 PDF files. I recently did a cut and paste of 50 - 100 EPUB copies of the ebooks into the folder that previously only had PDFs. Sorting them alphabetically and finding duplicates is possible, but if I can find a less time-consuming way, I would prefer it. Not all the EPUB have a PDF duplicate, or I expect this would be easier.

    I don't know the titles. All I have to go on for a search is that the titles will have one with PDF extension and one with EPUB extension. So searching for: extension:epub OR extension:pdf will understandably return results of every single file, while AND shows no results.

    I had hoped someone knew of a way to search for these duplicates without knowing the title, only that they had a different extension. What would be great (other than only duplicates showing up) would be if search would only highlight the results without removing the rest (example, if there are only 3 titles to match search, they are highlighted AND the other titles remain visible without being highlighted).

    If it's not possible, all well and good, I just wanted to ask.
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       04 Dec 2016 #13

    The file management system is not all that complicated if certain rules are followed [goes way back into the days of DOS]. A third-party solution is a duplicate finder, can search and list by Name, Extension or just by content which the content method may be the best for the situation. I usually have to use only the content with music files I've downloaded.
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  4.    04 Dec 2016 #14

    while AND shows no results.
    And you think this is erroneous?

    What software are you using to read these epub's and/or pdf's? If you use a different program for each extension, then the thumbnails will be different. As an example, MuPdf opens my epub while PDF-XChange opens the pdf's.

    Although 600 files seem like a lot, in less than five minutes one can slide the paired or unpaired pdf's into a temporary folder as one go down the alphabetically-sorted list. Pause when one encounters a pair of different thumbnails that have the same filenames. When done and and the pairs are confirmed, re-sort by extension to eliminate one or the other.
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  5.    04 Dec 2016 #15

    pyramid10 said: View Post
    And you think this is erroneous?
    Not at all, simply answering why the suggested solution does not work for me.

    I read my ebooks on a Kobo Glo. Both my PDF and EPUB files show the book cover...therefore identical.
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  6.    04 Dec 2016 #16

    Both my PDF and EPUB files show the book cover...therefore identical.
    Is that from within Kobo or from Windows File Explorer? If you work within the latter, and you associate one of the extensions to a different program, you will or should get different thumbnails, in Details-mode.
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  7.    04 Dec 2016 #17

    pyramid10 said: View Post
    Is that from within Kobo or from Windows File Explorer? If you work within the latter, and you associate one of the extensions to a different program, you will or should get different thumbnails, in Details-mode.
    Thank You! I never change my view, always on Large Icons, so had no idea that the icon showed different in small icon, list and detail views. I had so much trouble getting the cover thumbnails to show on epub I really didn't want to change that back to icons. Of course, I was also focused on the search aspect. Again, thank you. Not what I was asking for but a good solution.
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