A comment about Locate32!

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Software' started by MikeHawthorne, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    I don't know if this is true for everyone but I found that when searching for files by the extension i.e. ".avi" I wasn't getting any results even though I knew I had a lot of .avi files.

    The problem was that I was typing the dot before the extension in the search window. It's the way I have always done it to avoid getting anything else with avi in it.

    It was driving me crazy, until I accidentally typed it without the dot.
    All of a sudden all my files showed up.

    I tried this with several other extensions as well and if I typed the dot before the extension it couldn't find any of the files.

    So if you are having problems with it this may be why.

    Mike
     
  2. TorrentG

    TorrentG Banned

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    Try "*.avi" - the asterisk is the wildcard and is how to tell the searcher to look for all files with avi extension.

    Obviously, "avi" alone worked for you, so cool. :)
     
  3. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Locate 32 has a separate window for inserting the file name and using the star still doesn't work if you ad the dot before the extension.

    But I just figured out why adding the dot doesn't work.

    I finally noticed that what happens is that Locate32 ads the dot automatically so that if you ad one yourself what it looks for is "*..avi", as a result it doesn't find anything!

    At least I understand it now, I had always typed the dot when searching before.

    Mike
     
  4. Super Sarge

    Super Sarge New Member

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    Thats why Locate 32 has a line that says extentions just type in the extention you are lookiing for no dot needed. If you are looking for a file with a known name put the name in the named line and the extension in the extension line and it will find that specific file and extension
     
  5. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Yes I finally figured that out! LOL
    I never found the instruction not to type the dot.
     

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