How to make an advanced file search?


Instant File Find supports both keyword search and wildcard search.

WILDCARDS - wildcard search
  •   *    The asterisk wildcard matches zero or more charcaters.
  •   ?    The question mark wildcard matches exactly one character.
  •   ;    The semicolon character seperates search patterns.

SEARCH TYPES - definition of search types
  • Keyword Search :   A search pattern that doesn't contain "*", "?" and ";".
  • Wildcard Search :   A search pattern that contains "*", "?" or ";".

EXAMPLES - some examples
Pattern Matches Not Match Description
happy Enjoy a Happy Life Enjoy Life keyword search, search for file names contain "happy"
enjoy * life Enjoy a Happy Life A Happy Life wildcard * search, search for file names that begin with "enjoy" and end with "life"
happy* Happy Life Enjoy a Happy Life wildcard * search, search for file names that begin with "enjoy"
*life Enjoy a Happy Life Enjoy Life and Be Happy wildcard * search, search for file names that end with "life"
enjoy ? happy life Enjoy a Happy Life Enjoy our Happy Life wildcard ? search
happy; Happy Enjoy a Happy Life search for file names that exactly is "happy"
*life;*happy Enjoy a Happy Life
Enjoy Life and Be Happy
Enjoy a Happy Life.txt ";" separator merges results
*life;happy Enjoy a Happy Life Happy Enjoy Life and Be Happy This is a wildcard search, not a keyword search . It doesn't match "AAA happy BBB" .
*life;*happy* Enjoy a Happy Life
Happy
Enjoy Life and Be Happy
Enjoy Life.txt matches "AAA happy BBB' also."
; Nothing Everything single ";" means search for nothing (this could help you release memory)