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Wildcard in search path

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Tom Hamilton3
3 discussion posts
Hi,
I would like to search for specific files in a specific directory in a user profile directory structure. I am guessing that made no sense but here is what I am trying. The directories look something like this. \\networkloc\User1\Desktop , \\networkloc\User2\Desktop, \\networkloc\User3\Desktop... There are other files and directories in the User# directory but I only want to search the Desktop folder. I tried putting this in the path box. \\networkloc\*\Desktop but that doesn't work. Is there a way to put a wildcard in the path?

Thanks
Aug 26, 2016  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Unfortunately it isn't currently possible to use wildcards in the Path and Exclude Path boxes. However, you could do this to quickly add all of the \Desktop folders to the Path box:
  • Put the root folder in the Path box
  • Put "desktop" in the Include Files box
  • On the Advanced tab, make sure that only the "Show folder names that match the includes filter" box option is checked, uncheck the other "Show file/folder names" options
  • Do the search, this should return all of the \Desktop folders (if it returns other ones, like "DesktopWrapper," make sure that the "Treat all Includes Files as Wildcard" option on the Tools > Settings > Search tab)
  • Click in the Results list and press Ctrl + A to select all of the results
  • Click and drag them to the Path(s) field
  • Change the Include Files field to the file you want to search for
  • Uncheck all "Show file/folder names" options on the Advanced tab, except for "Show file names that match the Include Files" filter
  • Do your search

Hope that helps! If that works for you, I'd recommend saving that as a Search Profile (Profiles > Save > Save New Profile) so that you don't have to do the first six steps every time :)
Aug 29, 2016  • #2
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Tom Hamilton3
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Thank you for the very fast response. I will give this a test. It looks like I have almost 6000 desktop folders so it is locking up but I might not be letting it sit long enough. I'll do some more testing.

Thanks again.
Aug 29, 2016  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ok, no worries. I've put a feature request on our list to see if there's a way we can automate this. I'll be sure to let you know if we are able to implement something like a wildcard in the Path field :)

Thanks!
Aug 30, 2016  • #4
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PGomersall
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Keith & Jon I would like to add my vote for wildcard in path
Nov 4, 2016  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Done, thanks Pete!
Nov 9, 2016  • #6
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Tom Hamilton3
3 discussion posts
Thanks!
Nov 9, 2016  • #7
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Andreas Burg
13 discussion posts
Thumbs up for wildcard in Path(s) field.

Example:

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ROOT
  dir-1
    dir-1-1
      dir-foo
  dir-2
    dir-2-1
      dir-foo

Path(s): ROOT\*\dir-foo

Searches for files in dir-foo within ROOT.
Nov 23, 2016  • #8
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Andreas Burg
13 discussion posts
Something new with this one? I'm hardly missing a wildcard or regex search within the file path.
Mar 16, 2018  • #9
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
No news on this yet, sorry :(

I will post an update if/when we're able to implement it.

Thanks!
Mar 17, 2018  • #10
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