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How to use fileseek to search files only and NOT file contents

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Kate M.
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What I want to be able to do is search VERY FREQUENTLY for words in a file name. I really don't want to have to use regex to do this as it is cumbersome to use as frequently as I search.

For instance I wish to search a directory with multiple subdirectories for any files with the words "Alexander" and "Mccall" in any order, separated or together, separated by an underscore, comma, dot etc.

In other words I want to receive as a result any of the following
Smith, Alexander McCall - 1 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag.rar
Alexander Mccall Smith - 4 - The Kalahari Typing School For Men.rar
Mccall_Alexander - 4 - The Kalahari Typing School For Men.rar
The Kalahari Typing School For Men - Mccall Alexander.rar
as well as any other files that have names including the words "Alexander" and "Mccall"

I can't seem to find out how to do this without using regex with this program.

Basically I guess I want to find a way to search like I used to be able to with windows search without the problem of it not working after upgrades lol.
May 15, 2015  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Unfortunately there isn't a way to do this without using regex right now in FileSeek, but I'll include your request in our feature request system. Thanks!
May 18, 2015  • #2
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Kate M.
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Thank you for your quick response.
May 18, 2015  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
We've just released a new FileSeek version (http://www.fileseek.ca/Download/) and you can now do this. Just change the drop-down next to the Includes Files box to use the "query" mode, and then you can enter Alexander +McCall to search for all files with Alexander and McCall in the name :)

Thanks!
Jun 18, 2015  • #4
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kenneth nielsen830497
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I have v.4.5 but not that choice - only:
Include Files Filter is Pattern
Include Files Filter is RegEx
Include Files Filter is Text Query

and FileSeek finds nothing if I use "Text Query"

Thanks
Jun 20, 2015  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry, Text Query is the one I was referring to. Could you send me a screenshot of the Search tab?
Jun 23, 2015  • #6
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kenneth nielsen830497
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Still v.4.5
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Jun 28, 2015  • #7
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry, I meant to say that you need to set it in the drop-down next to the "Includes Files" box, so it will say "Includes Files Filter is Query." Then in the Includes Files box (not Query box), put Alexander +McCall.
Jun 29, 2015  • #8
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Kate M.
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Quote:
Sorry, I meant to say that you need to set it in the drop-down next to the "Includes Files" box, so it will say "Includes Files Filter is Query." Then in the Includes Files box (not Query box), put Alexander +McCall.


Sorry I missed the message to try the text query. While it did find all the desired files, it also found those files with one of the two search terms. eg: query1 query2 found
query2 other stuff query1
query1 query2
query2 query1
query1 a bunch of other stuff
bunch of stuff query2

still much easier to use than regex and better too many results than too few.
Nov 19, 2016  • #9
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Kate: If you want it to only match files that have both of the words in the Query text, make sure to use the + sign, like so:

query1 +query2

Hope that helps!
Nov 21, 2016  • #10
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Microsystems
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Hi

We have a file server at work with multiple drives. For example T drive & S drive etc.
Can the search include all drives on the network?

Secondly we have file names like BAU-70-185 & this could be PDF & XLS & DOC. How can I search for this? Note when I use -70 it assumes it must ignore all woth 70 in the name.

Can I only search for file manes & not all files with the BAU-70-185 in it?

Cheers
Dec 21, 2016  • #11
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Yep! Just add the other drives to the Path box like this: C:|S:|T:

And for the Query, you need to "escape" the dashes, like this: BAU\-70\-185

Hope that helps!
Dec 21, 2016  • #12
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Microsystems
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Thanks

That works.

The server has a large number of files and the search re-run on the same drives starts looking at every folder again. How can the search remember what files it just searched so that it does not spend time looking again. Given that some files change in between searches, how can it do some sort of indexing of some kind. It may do an update of the database when idle or something in that lines.

Cheers
Dec 22, 2016  • #13
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
FileSeek doesn't use any sort of indexing, so that the search results are as accurate as possible (i.e. you won't run into old cached results due to the index being out of date). Sorry!
Dec 22, 2016  • #14
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