Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Search for more than one kind of file at once

I had occasion the other day to try to locate some files on a damaged hard drive, and I discovered that Windows file manager windows support searching for several different file patterns at once. You separate the patterns with semicolons.

This means that you can be viewing a folder in Windows, hit Ctrl-F to bring up the find panel, and enter
to search for text and executable files as a set.

This is magically powerful. I shortly after verified that my favorite free Windows search utility, Agent Ransack, supports the same syntax. I'm sure it's been around forever, but I bet a lot of casual users don't know about it.

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