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Lars R
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Hi, I apologize for being dense. Could you clarify how to search for filenames or portions of filenames only, and NOT search the contents of the files?

Thank you.
May 10, 2012  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on
No worries at all! You should be able to do this by doing the following:
  • Enable the "Treat all Include Files filters as wildcards" option on the FileSeek Settings > Search tab
  • Make sure the Query field is empty
  • Enter your search terms in the Include Files field
Let me know if that doesn't work out :)

May 10, 2012  • #2
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Hello, I'm searching by file name with no success. File definitely exists. Thanks.
Jun 5, 2012  • #3
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Make sure the drop-down box (under Options) is set to "Show Filenames that match the Include Files filter".

Make sure all the settings associated with the More Options button (click the button and a window will appear with Date and File Size options) are cleared (unless you want them enabled). I have been bitten by this on more than one occasion. I run several searches based on dates one day and the next day ... I search for something and I can't find it, only to realize my More Options settings from the previous day are remembered and are being used for my current search.
Jun 7, 2012  • #4
Patrick Kenzie (BFS)'s profile on
Sorry for the late reply!

Are you searching for the complete filename or a partial match? If you're using a partial match you'll have to include wildcards:
Searching for "test" will not find "test.txt", but using "test*" or "test.*" will.

You can change this behaviour in the Search settings (Tools > Settings > Search) by checking "Treat all Include Files filters as wildcards" to avoid typing in the wildcards every time.

Also make sure the options are cleared like Kevin mentioned.

Let me know if that works!
Jun 13, 2012 (modified Jun 13, 2012)  • #5
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Александр Шаповалов
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Hello. I need to find a lot of files. Can I do this with FileSeek?
Example, folders contain 35 000 files.
I need check three or more:

Thank you.
Dec 5, 2019 (modified Dec 5, 2019)  • #6
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Александр Шаповалов
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I found a solution :)
Enter 132354|135098|138681 in the Include Files field and switch "Include Files Firlter is Pattern" to "Include Files Filter is RegEx".
Dec 5, 2019  • #7
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