Greetings! I just upgraded from WinXP to Windows 7. I have a folder with a lot of files that have e

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  1. westies

    westies New Member

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    Greetings!

    I just upgraded from WinXP to Windows 7. I have a folder with a lot of files that have either plus or minus/dashes ("-") in the file name, sometimes more than one. For example, some filenames might be:

    Matterhorn +++.wmv
    Space Mountain ++-.avi
    Star Tours +.mp3
    Star Tours (second day) ++++.mp3

    I used this for my own filing system methods and sorting.

    In WinXP, searching for all files with "+++" with the Search box was no problem, but in Windows 7 the search box returns the plus ("+") sign as a global/metacharacter, such as "*", and expands the character to match a global value. As such, the listing I get for the above search gives me all files with three chars in a row, as substituted by the "+" signs. This is obviously incorrect.

    I tried quoting and backslashing in many different combinations, to no avail:

    \+
    /+
    "+"
    "\+"

    Is there any way to escape the metachar value so that I get the literal value in my search? or, is there a "classic XP" search style available?

    Any help appreciated, as always!!!

    Thanks!!!!!!

    ....k
     
  2. stpbby

    stpbby New Member

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    Re: Greetings! I just upgraded from WinXP to Windows 7. I have a folder with a lot of files that have either plus or minus/dashes ("-") in the file name, sometimes more

    You may want to look at the search options. In control panel -> folder options, check out the search tab. There are a few options there that may help you.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    Re: Greetings! I just upgraded from WinXP to Windows 7. I have a folder with a lot of files that have either plus or minus/dashes ("-") in the file name, sometimes more

    Try using Natural Language search in Folder Options. This may cut you off from the Boolean search features used in Windows Vista and Windows 7. + - * etc, are all operator characters now for looking up and excluding different types of content in the search.
     

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