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How can i search filename for number string in explorer

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    How can i search filename for number string in explorer


    I have lots of file with the date as part of the filename for example.

    snapshot-2013-10-01.7z
    snapshot-2013-01-10.7z

    When I try to search for a file name using 2013-10 it return BOTH the above whilst it should only list the 1st entry.

    Is there a trick to searching something like this ?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    What's the exact search string you enter?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I simply search for

    2013-10
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  4. #4


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    it's the minus sign , the search seems to take it to include anything containing either of the 2010 or 10.

    ? used to mean one character wildcard , I'm not 100% sure but searching for 2010?10 might do the trick.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Try wrapping your search in double quotes to take off special meanings like: "2013-10"
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Try wrapping your search in double quotes to take off special meanings like: "2013-10"
    I have tried this it still fails, finding anything with 2013 or 10
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    it's the minus sign , the search seems to take it to include anything containing either of the 2010 or 10.

    ? used to mean one character wildcard , I'm not 100% sure but searching for 2010?10 might do the trick.
    I have tried this as well, no luck it still sellect everything containing 2013 or 10.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I don't know what to tell you. If you are running on a basic NTFS partition I recommend Everything Search

    It gets the info right from the MFTs. Lightning fast.
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