In this post I have discussed how you can use operators to use the integrated search in windows. This Works in Windows Vista and Windows 7 where the search is integrated in the core of windows operating system. I have given examples of Folder search, size search, Date search. There can be many more options just keep trying.
Today Morning I had bee playing with Windows Search and something came up which I never expected. Windows Vista / Windows 7 Integrated search is much more powerful than you can think of. I was trying find the largest file in one of my folder using the Size column and then I did something different. I typed in Size = 2000 KB in the search box and this was OMG it works!!!
Searching with Size hack
It was doing an operator search i.e. =, + – and then i tried > 2000 kb, > 2000 kb < 3000 kb and it works. This is awesome.!!!
How is this working. In my view you can search by passing arguments here 2000 KB was the argument to any column name which is displayed in the details view. Here is what I did with date.
Searching with Date hack
Just type in date = 07-03-2009 and you can find all files which had been modified or created on that day. Now if you are searching for birth day pics I Guess you should use this instead of names.
Searching with Folder hack
Next is displaying only folders. All you need is just type in folder in the searhcbox and you will see only folder listed there. However I saw a zip file also listed not sure why but no files for sure.
Now we will display files in a particular folder. Type in folder “foldername” . Replace foldername with your folder name like I did for folder em ( I have a embed folder and em is initial for that ) and this is what I got.
If you are wondering that em is in my files also I just checked , the third file in the list above doesnt have em string any where in the file. 😉