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    Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    OK.

    Simple / stupid question (delete as appropriate )

    I like the idea of a "universal searcher" at the top right of the explorer window. But it now seems impossible to clearly define your search parameters.

    I want to be able to search, for example, for all Word documents, i.e. do a search on "*.doc" or for all my MP3s, "*.mp3". That seems impossible. When you type that, it picks up anything with the string in, including text files.

    I know W7 is trying to intelligently simplify OS usage, but called me old fashioned - I'd still like to search by file type.

    So how?

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Doh!

    Don't know why it didn't show up at first, but looks like you can by adding the syntax: type:= <extension> so for example; type:=.doc


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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    I had the same problem on Vista. Try without the wildcard. So instead of *.doc try .doc

    Sounds strange I know, but it works for me.

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    As time goes on, Windows is slowly removing the "old" DOS-esque ways and replacing them with more lowbrow, less computer nerd, ways of doing things.

    The annoying thing is, they seem to remove the old ways completely, not just turn them off by default.

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    As time goes on, Windows is slowly removing the "old" DOS-esque ways and replacing them with more lowbrow, less computer nerd, ways of doing things.

    The annoying thing is, they seem to remove the old ways completely, not just turn them off by default.

    I'm noticing this increasingly. I recently worked on a new Dell Studio Laptop and noticed the Function Keys on the keyboard now have to be activated by pressing a Function Key first. And in Vista you increasingly have to rely on the mouse rather than good ol' keyboard shortcuts. Oh well...

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Aye, I blame the same people that slow down and polute the internet.

    Before them, the internet wasnt full of scammers and idiots

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    Aye, I blame the same people that slow down and polute the internet.

    Before them, the internet wasnt full of scammers and idiots
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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    Aye, I blame the same people that slow down and polute the internet.

    Before them, the internet wasnt full of scammers and idiots
    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    Here here!
    Or people offering their often unintersting view!

    Anyway, yes I agree to some extent, but explorer has always seemed so backward when it comes to common file system tasks. The move and copy processes in the explorer GUI for instance have been absolutely awful really. There are some improvements in Vista/7 but the lack of configuration over the way, for instance, files that are being replaced is displayed to user is woeful. And dialogues! Why in the past could you so rarely resize a dialogue window that contains a long list of columnar data.
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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    tfboy asked a very GOOD question. First of all, hiding extensions by default is foolish, it invites executables spoofing as documents. Searching for .doc or *.doc doesn't work for me in Windows 7. It seems to require the more complicated, user hostile syntax of "type:=" WTF are they smokin' in Redmond?

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    Re: Search by file type / extension in Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by dalesun View Post
    tfboy asked a very GOOD question. First of all, hiding extensions by default is foolish, it invites executables spoofing as documents. Searching for .doc or *.doc doesn't work for me in Windows 7. It seems to require the more complicated, user hostile syntax of "type:=" WTF are they smokin' in Redmond?
    Don't know, but it's a good reason to stay away from that stuff..


    Finding files with specific extension is easy with the good ol' batch dir:

    dir /S *.doc

    This even works for
    dir /S *.*~

    I never find the emacs-backups (original-filname~) with windows search (type:*~)

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