Main menu - File - Search...


Activating the menu item "File → Search..." or the shortcut "Ctrl+F" opens the "Search files/folders" dialog.

The split window"Search files/folders" is structured as follows:


The upper part of the window

The upper part of the window holds the following tabs, with which the search can be configured:

and the buttons:


The lower part of the window

The lower part of the window holds the search result in the following tabs:


The splitter

Clicking the splitter (dividing line between the upper and the lower part of the window) shows or hides the upper part of the window.

If the option "Open dialog on last used position" is not checked, the "Search files/folders" dialog is opened without the lower part of the window.

Location


Under the tab "Location" search criteria can be entered concerning:

File name

In the combo box "File name" the name (including extension) of the files and/or folders to be searched can be entered. The following possibilities are offered:

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.

If the field "File name" is empty when the search is activated, all files and folders are listed that are found according to the entries under "Search file content" and "Search in".

The field "File name" can be used also to enter other search criteria. Examples are found in chapter "Main menu → File → Search...→ Examples".

Search file content

The number of found files can be further limited by searching a file content.

Search in

Under "Search in" can be defined, in which folders should be searched for files and folders.

After activating this menu item the current entry in the field "Folder" is replaced by the list of all paths (separated by ";") that are assigned to the tabs of the inactive panel.

Timestamp/Size/Attribute


Under the tab "Timestamp/Size/Attribute" search criteria can be entered concerning:

Timestamp

Under "Timestamp" the search can be limited to files and folders, whose timestamps lie in a certain interval.

If a timestamp filter is defined in the field "File name" of the tab "Location", timestamp entries in the tab "Timestamp/Size/Attr" are ignored.

Attribute

Under "Attributes" the search can be limited to files and folders with certain attributes. The following possibilities are offered:

influence the search via the state of their preceding check box as follows:

Size

If the option "File size" is checked, the search can be limited to files with a size between "Min" and "Max" "Units". Example: Min: 200kB - Max: 3MB.

If a "file size filter" is defined in the field "File name" of the tab "Location", file size entries in the tab "Timestamp/Size/Attr" are ignored.

Filter


Under the tab "Filters" the search results configured in the tab "Location" can be limited with the following filters:

Exclude files

In the combo box "Exclude files" the name (including extension) of the files and/or folders that are excluded from the search can be entered. The following possibilities are offered:

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.

If an "Exclude files filter" is defined in the field "File name" of the tab "Location", entries in the tab "Filters" under "Exclude files" are ignored.

Subfolder filter

In the combo box "Subfolder filter" the name of subfolders can be entered.

The search will be restricted to these folders, if the option "Exclude filter" is not checked.

These folders will be excluded form the search, if the option "Exclude filter" is checked.

The following possibilities are offered:

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.

If an "Exclude folders filter" or an "Include folders filter" are defined in the field "File name" of the tab "Location", entries in the tab "Filters" under "Subfolder filter" are ignored.

Archive files filter

In the combo box "Archive files filter" can be defined, that (if under the tab "Location" the option "Search in archives" is checked) only certain archive files are searched. The following possibilities are offered:

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.

If the field "Archive files filter" is empty, it will be searched in all supported archive files, if under the tab "Location" the option "Search in archives" is checked.

Converter



The tab "Converter" is only activated for FreeCommander donators.


Under the tab "Converter" different file extensions (in the column "filter") may be assigned to different converters (in the column "program").

In the above example, files with the extensions "doc", "docx", "xls" and "xlsx" are assigned to the converter "xdoc2txt.exe".

Converters are programs that display pure unformatted text from formatted text files.

Examples for formatted text files are: DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTM, HTML, PDF, XLS, XLSX, XML, PPT, HLP.


If (within a search) the contents of a file should be searched, the list in the tab "Converter" is processed from the first converter to the last. To search the text, the file is opened with the first checked converter that is assigned to a matching filter. If no converter matches, FreeCommander tries to open the file and search the contents without converter.

Editing the list of filters and programs

The following buttons are available for editing the list of filters and converter programs:

Program

The input field "Program" specifies the converter which should be assigned to the filter in the highlighted row. The converter program can either be enter (including path), or selected by activating the button or the F4 key. The following menu items are offered in the shown selection menu:

The actual values for the wild cards %FcSrcDrive% and %FcSrcPath% are found under the main menu item "Help About..."

Parameter

The input field "Parameter" specifies any parameters required for the program in the highlighted row. The parameters can either be enter, or selected and inserted at the cursor position by activating the button or the F4 key. The following menu items are offered in the shown selection menu:

Profiles

Under the tab "Profiles" search profiles can be managed. A profile contains and saves all settings of the following tabs:



The list of profiles offers the following buttons (editing functions):

Add current search as new profile (shortcut: "Ins")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Ins" a new profile is added to the list of profiles. It contains the actual settings. In the column "Name" of the new row the new profile can be named.

Rename profile (shortcut: "F2")

After activating the button or the shortcut "F2" the highlighted profile can be renamed in an input field shown over the column "Name".

Delete profile (shortcut: "Del")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Del" the highlighted profile is deleted without further dialog.

Move down (shortcut: "Ctrl+↓")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Ctrl+↓" the highlighted profile is moved one row down.

Move up (shortcut: "Ctrl+↑")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Strg+↑"  the highlighted profile is moved one row up.

Apply selected profile (shortcut: "Enter")

After activating the button or the "Enter" key the actual settings are overwritten by the settings of the highlighted profile.

Find

Activating the button "Find" starts the search.

Search process

First of all the files and folders are searched according to the criteria set in the upper part of the search window.

In this case the archive file is searched.

In this case the file is opened with the converter to search the converted file for the text.

Search results

The search results are shown in the lower part of the search window under the tab "Search results".

Under the tab "Search log" of the in the lower part of the search window all problems are listed that occurred during the search process.

Cancel

If the button "Cancel" is activated during the search process, the search is canceled. The window "Search files/folders" remains open.

If the button "Cancel" is activated before or after the search process, the window "Search files/folders" is closed.

Search result

Under the tab "Search result" after the search all found files and folders found are listed.

If the option "Open dialog on last used position" is not checked, the "Search files/folders" dialog is opened without the lower part of the window. In this case the tabs "Search result" and "Searched log" are shown only after the first activation of the button "Find".



The menu (and partly the buttons and shortcuts) offer the following edit functions for the "Search result list":

File

The following menu items of the search main menu item "File" are also offered as buttons and shortcuts:

After activating this menu item (or this shortcut), all items selected in the tab "Search result" are saved in a temporary file container. In the FreeCommander main menu under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Folder tabs" in the tab "File container tab" can be defined where file containers are stored and if they are deleted on closing FreeCommander. The contents of the created temporary file container is shown in a new tab in the active FreeCommander panel.

Edit

The following menu items of the search main menu item "Edit" are also offered as shortcuts:

Command

The following menu items of the search main menu item "Command" are offered:

Options

The following menu items of the search main menu item "Options" are offered:

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and and the content of the field "File name" is appended with the wild card "*".

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the following possibilities for advanced users are offered:

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the history of entries in the combo boxes of the "Search file/folder" dialog is saved per field (box) as long as the command "Clear history" is not activated.

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and on opening the dialog "Search files/folders" the tab "Profiles is active.

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the upper part of the split window "Search file/folder" is hidden automatically after the search process.

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the "Search file/folder" window started in the screen position and size, in which it was last closed.
If this option is not checked, on opening the "Search files/folders" dialog, the lower part of the split window "Search file/folder" is hidden.

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the "Search file/folder" window always stays in the foreground.

Information and filter bar

The "Information and filter bar" is found below the list of found files and folders.

It shows on the left the number of files and folders in the tab "Search results".

The "Quick filter" provides the possibility to decrease the number of found files.

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs (filters) in this field. Clicking the button activates the highlighted filter.

Search log

Under the tab "Search log" all problems are listed that occurred during the search process.

Examples for problems:

If the option "Open dialog on last used position" is not checked, on opening the "Search files/folders" dialog, the lower part of the split window "Search file/folder" is hidden. In this case the tab "Search log" is is opened only, after the first activation of a search process, during which errors occurred.