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File Search Not Working

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8

    File Search Not Working


    I have a folder in dropbox with sub folders and in those folders are many .txt's.

    e.g. Dropbox/Folder1/File1 - KEYWORD.txt


    BUT when I go to Dropbox and run a search for *- KEYWORD.txt it shows absolutely no results.

    Under Search Options Tab I have:
    1) Enabled search in sub folders.
    2) Allowed Partial Matches.

    Any ideas on how to find all the KEYWORD.txt files in the sub folders?

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  2. #2


    Enclose in double quotes: "*- KEYWORD.txt" ?????
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Hi

    1) It uses to work with those paramaters.
    2) I tried the one in quotes and it didn't work. I even tried *.txt and it returned no results at all and there are hundreds of txt's.
    3) Even in a root directory where I can actually see the .txt files and enter in *.txt it returns no results.
    4) Same as above but if I use a folder name, also no results!

    Any ideas??
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Regardless of the index, the search looks in paths, so *.txt should work.

    1. Does it work in other folders?
    2. Does it work in safe mode?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    1) No. Doesn't work at all, in any folders. Even if the folder is full of .txt's it can't find them!
    2) How do I enable this and why would safe mode make a difference?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lab41 View Post
    2) How do I enable this and why would safe mode make a difference?
    See here. It may not a make a difference, but it'll help eliminate 3rd party factors.
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  7. #7


    Copy and paste the sequence of commands and responses from a Command Prompt window.

    For instance, for me it looks like:

    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32>cd "C:\Users\xxxxxxxxx\Dropbox"
    
    C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\Dropbox>dir *.txt /s
     Volume in drive C is Win_8
     Volume Serial Number is 3400-1036
    
     Directory of C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\Dropbox\Public
    
    10/03/2012  08:27 PM               675 How to use the Public folder.txt
                   1 File(s)            675 bytes
    Total Files Listed:
    1 File(s) 675 bytes
    0 Dir(s) 69,385,633,792 bytes free
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  8. #8


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Hi

    When I do the cmd prompt in one of the folders and do the whole dir *.txt/s

    It lists all the .txt's files all the sub directories.

    It seems like a Windows 8 setting or something?
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  9. #9


    I just tried it. Created a Dropbox/Public/File1 - KEYWORD.txt.

    Then I searched for *- KEYWORD.txt and it found it with no problem.

    I have not made any changes to Windows 8 search.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    That's the point! I can't work out why it's not finding it! It works on 3 other PC's of ours! Anyways...I well just give it some time and see how it goes.
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