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Search for files with parenthesis in name



 
 
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Old February 25th 07, 11:25 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Erik Wikström
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
(2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

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Erik Wikström
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Old February 25th 07, 02:09 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Malke
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

Erik Wikström wrote:
How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
(2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikström


What about enclosing the search in quotes, like "(2)"? Does that work?


Malke
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Old February 25th 07, 04:58 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Erik Wikström
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

On 2007-02-25 16:09, Malke wrote:
Erik Wikström wrote:
How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
(2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikström


What about enclosing the search in quotes, like "(2)"? Does that work?


Nope

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Erik Wikström
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Old February 26th 07, 09:52 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Bob Hallsworth
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

If there are spaces around those, add them withing the quotes. Works for me!
" (2) "

Bob

"Erik Wikström" wrote in message
...
How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering (2)
gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred, while
there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikström


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Old February 26th 07, 05:01 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Erik Wikström
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

On 2007-02-26 11:52, Bob Hallsworth wrote:
"Erik Wikström" wrote in message
...
How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering (2)
gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred, while
there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.


If there are spaces around those, add them withing the quotes. Works
for me!
" (2) "


Nope, no such luck, but for some reason the number of files found was
about halved.

--
Erik Wikström
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Old February 28th 07, 08:53 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Wayne Hertz
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

Use XYplorer (or some other good explorer replacement) for searching and say
bye-bye to such problems.



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Old March 3rd 07, 02:06 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Andrew Leigh
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

It's crazy not to allow people to search for the parentheses. The problem
arose for me as a result of two failed file transfers. In both cases, the new
files were renamed with a (1) or (2) suffix. So I have thousands of these
extraneous files on my computer to get rid of. Or I could clean the hard disk
and do another file transfer, but it would be far simpler if I could simply
delete all files with a (1) or (2) suffix.

Oh, and I just tried installing XYplorer on my computer (solely to deal with
this issue). The program crashed.
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Old March 17th 07, 02:13 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Keith Miller MVP
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Default Search for files with parenthesis in name

Finally found out the way:

In the Search box, type:

name:~"*(2)*"

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Good Luck,

Keith
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]

"Erik Wikström" wrote in message
...
How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering (2)
gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred, while
there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikström


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Old October 13th 10, 04:04 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
Amir Deilami
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Default Nope.

Why the hell does everything new SUCK so bad?

"*(2)*" didn't work, " (2)" didn't work, nothing works.

Explorer is gone retarded. It can't see parenthesis, neither can distinguish _ and space.

Microsoft has lost their mind. I'm ****ed off man...what the hell?

Anyone with any other cure? I'm doing this for the same reason everyone else is doing it. I want to delete files I just copied. Help me out guys.

On Sunday, February 25, 2007 7:25 AM Erik-wikstro wrote:


How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
(2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikstr?m



On Sunday, February 25, 2007 10:09 AM Malke wrote:


Erik Wikstr?m wrote:

What about enclosing the search in quotes, like "(2)"? Does that work?


Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User



On Sunday, February 25, 2007 12:58 PM Erik-wikstro wrote:


On 2007-02-25 16:09, Malke wrote:

Nope

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Erik Wikstr?m



On Monday, February 26, 2007 5:52 AM Bob Hallsworth wrote:


If there are spaces around those, add them withing the quotes. Works for me!
" (2) "

Bob



On Monday, February 26, 2007 1:01 PM Erik-wikstro wrote:


On 2007-02-26 11:52, Bob Hallsworth wrote:

Nope, no such luck, but for some reason the number of files found was
about halved.

--
Erik Wikstr?m



On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:53 PM Wayne Hertz wrote:


Use XYplorer (or some other good explorer replacement) for searching and say
bye-bye to such problems.



On Friday, March 02, 2007 10:06 PM Andrew Leig wrote:


It's crazy not to allow people to search for the parentheses. The problem
arose for me as a result of two failed file transfers. In both cases, the new
files were renamed with a (1) or (2) suffix. So I have thousands of these
extraneous files on my computer to get rid of. Or I could clean the hard disk
and do another file transfer, but it would be far simpler if I could simply
delete all files with a (1) or (2) suffix.

Oh, and I just tried installing XYplorer on my computer (solely to deal with
this issue). The program crashed.



On Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:13 AM Keith Miller MVP wrote:


Finally found out the way:

In the Search box, type:

name:~"*(2)*"

--
Good Luck,

Keith
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]



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Old January 20th 11, 03:08 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management
David Crewdson
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Default Nope.

To recursively delete these (1) files open a command window (start...Run...cmd) and do the following:

cd c:\
dir /s *"(1)"* (/s means recursive)

Make sure these are all the files you want to delete, then:

del /s *"(1)"* (/s means recursive)


NOTES:

1) If "Run" is not listed under Start (Windows 7), right-click the lower-left Windows-icon - Properties - Start Menu - Customize - check [ ] Run command

2) To make the initial DIR listing more readable, you can also try:

dir /a:-d/b/s *"(1)"*

/a:-d - Skips directories
/b - Bare information (no headers or summary)
/s - Recursive

On Sunday, February 25, 2007 7:25 AM Erik-wikstro wrote:


How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
(2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
escape them but no luck.

--
Erik Wikstr?m



On Sunday, February 25, 2007 10:09 AM Malke wrote:


Erik Wikstr?m wrote:

What about enclosing the search in quotes, like "(2)"? Does that work?


Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User



On Sunday, February 25, 2007 12:58 PM Erik-wikstro wrote:


On 2007-02-25 16:09, Malke wrote:

Nope

--
Erik Wikstr?m



On Monday, February 26, 2007 5:52 AM Bob Hallsworth wrote:


If there are spaces around those, add them withing the quotes. Works for me!
" (2) "

Bob



On Monday, February 26, 2007 1:01 PM Erik-wikstro wrote:


On 2007-02-26 11:52, Bob Hallsworth wrote:

Nope, no such luck, but for some reason the number of files found was
about halved.

--
Erik Wikstr?m



On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:53 PM Wayne Hertz wrote:


Use XYplorer (or some other good explorer replacement) for searching and say
bye-bye to such problems.



On Friday, March 02, 2007 10:06 PM Andrew Leig wrote:


It's crazy not to allow people to search for the parentheses. The problem
arose for me as a result of two failed file transfers. In both cases, the new
files were renamed with a (1) or (2) suffix. So I have thousands of these
extraneous files on my computer to get rid of. Or I could clean the hard disk
and do another file transfer, but it would be far simpler if I could simply
delete all files with a (1) or (2) suffix.

Oh, and I just tried installing XYplorer on my computer (solely to deal with
this issue). The program crashed.



On Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:13 AM Keith Miller MVP wrote:


Finally found out the way:

In the Search box, type:

name:~"*(2)*"

--
Good Luck,

Keith
Microsoft MVP [Windows XP Shell/User]



On Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:04 AM Amir Deilami wrote:


Why the hell does everything new SUCK so bad?



"*(2)*" didn't work, " (2)" didn't work, nothing works.



Explorer is gone retarded. It can't see parenthesis, neither can distinguish _ and space.



Microsoft has lost their mind. I'm ****ed off man...what the hell?



Anyone with any other cure? I'm doing this for the same reason everyone else is doing it. I want to delete files I just copied. Help me out guys.



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