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Find or search files in Windows

Search files recursively using PowerShell or the old good dir command line.

To search using PowerShell:

gci d:\ -recurse | where-object {$ -like "g*.txt" }

GCI – a short form for Get-ChildItem
Recurse – is to search recursively (folder and sub-folders)
G*.txt - * tells the PowerShell to search any document that start with g and don’t care anything that follows it

To do it using the old way via command line, open command prompt and type:

Dir /s d:\ g*.txt

To save the search output just use the “>” redirect operator.

Dir /s d:\ g*.txt > d:\G_filenames.txt

/s - parameter to search recursively (folder and sub-folders)

The search result will be written to G_filenames.txt

In PowerShell to save the search result type:

gci d:\ -recurse | where-object {$ -like "g*.txt" } | out-file d:\gxfiles.txt

If you still want the very conventional way of searching.

Minimize all windows folders by pressing "windows key" + "d", win d (press both keys at the same time).

Then press "F3" on the keyboard, this will open the search window and type the input to begin the search.

Cheers! Till next time..


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