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(Start) Search filter option for any character found

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    (Start) Search filter option for any character found

    Searching in Windows 8.1 in general I want to have a more efficient search (it's not like I have a bunch of files just the OS itself so caching ain't NO THANG!).

    What I mean by this is, for example:

    -I have a program called MusicBee
    *start > search "bee" should bring up the results

    in other words search like so (music*) or (*bee)
    Last edited by fohrums; 17 May 2014 at 16:36.

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    I do not think that search supports wild characters like *= all chars and ?= one character.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    I take it you mean like this:

    Not sure that File explorer can do it --my example is with Dolphin a Linux file manager -- you could try Midnight commander on windows - I think that also has what you want.

    Midnight Commander for Windows | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at

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    If you are looking for really fast file search, look at this one :Download FileSearchy - MajorGeeks
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    This tutorial might give you some tips: Search - Find More with Filters and Operators
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    you could try Midnight commander on windows - I think that also has what you want.

    Midnight Commander for Windows | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at
    Reason why I want it to be the start menu is so all I have to do is press the 'Windows' key and type away and simply press 'Enter'.

    I shouldn't need an external program do do what I ask for which in return would then need me to manually open up the program and manually searching for the program i'm looking for.

    Perhaps I should clarify my "INTENTIONS"
    Windows 8.1 start search AKA "Modern UI Search" is not as comprehensive as the file explorer. So what this means is your only searching for a limited scope of installed programs & files in public folder. So, not anything else in other drives.

    This is good enough as MusicBee (the program I have installed) is then included in the Modern UI Search but I want to apply search terms at the end of file before the ext. dot (.)

    In DoubleCommander (my preferred file manager) has this option like so:

    Ultimately in the end all I should then type is (music*) "bee" and results should show:

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(Start) Search filter option for any character found
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