Use this dialog box to search for files or directories on your computer or network drives.

Dialog Box Options

Type the file or directory name in this box. Use file masks to specify a group of files or directories. Use the drop-down list to select previous search masks. Important note: when you specify mask without asterisk (*), question mark (?), and point (.), you will find all files and directories whose names are containing this mask (e.g. when you specify "dog", you will find "dogs.txt", "hotdog.jpg", etc.), you can prevent this by adding point (.) to the end of such mask (e.g. when you specify "dog.", you will find only "dog").
Find Now
This button starts the search. Pressing Escape or the Stop button can interrupt it. Click on the right side of this button to open context menu with other commands.
Look in
This box contains directories in which you want to start the search. More starting directories can be specified using semi-colon (;) as a separator. Use the drop-down list to select previously used starting directories.
Displays the context menu, where you can select from the three commands. The Browse command allows you to locate and add desired directory to the Look in box. The Add Local Drives command inserts all local drives to the Look in box. The Add Local and Network Drives command inserts all local and network (mapped) drives to the Look in box.
Search subdirectories
Select this check box if you want to search all subdirectories of the directories listed in the Look in box.
Search file content
When checked and the Containing box is not empty, the file content will be searched.
Type some text which should be contained in a file. If you don't know a file's name, you may be able to find the file by typing some of its contents. You can specify four additional options: HEX-mode, Case sensitive, Whole words, and Regular expression. Use the drop-down list to select previous search strings.
Hexadecimal mode will be used to set character by character in hexadecimal numbers. You can also input normal text in the hexadecimal mode, but it must be quoted using double quotes. So if you set '01 02 "text" 00', it will be a pattern with 7 characters, 2+4+1.
Case sensitive
When selected, it searches for strings that match the Containing string exactly. Otherwise, it searches ignoring case of characters (lower and upper characters are equal).
Whole words
When selected, the found string must be preceded and followed by a space, tab, or punctuation character or the start or end of a line. Otherwise, the search finds any matching string, whether it is a fragment of a larger string or not.
Regular expression
When checked, type regular expression to the Containing box. The regular expressions are powerful, you can use them to find text which have specified attributes. These attributes are for example "pattern begins at the beginning of line", "pattern ends at the end of line", "pattern starts with some prefix and ends with some suffix", "pattern is one word from a set of words", or "pattern contains only characters from some character sequence (e.g. numbers)".
Opens the Advanced Options dialog box where you can specify advanced search criteria.
Found Items
Contains a list of found files and directories. Click on columns headers to sort this list by name, size, path, or time. Or use sort commands from the View menu.

See Also

Finding Files and Directories