Well fear not. You can use the Windows command line and the
dircommand to do most file searches.
To open a command prompt window:
On Windows XP: Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Command Prompt
On Windows 7: Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Command Prompt
Now you can use the
cdcommand to move around your disk.
To move up 1 directory level:
To move to the directory root:
cd \or in most cases
To move into a directory (to the
windowsdir from the root directory for example):
Once you are in the desired directory you are ready to search. Here is a basic example of the command:
dir /s /b myfile.txt
This example would search the current directory and all sub directories for the
/soption searches subdirectories. The
/boption displays the path to the file so you can see the path to the file and use a tool like File Manager to navigate to it.
Here are a couple more examples.
Here is an example of a search for all files that end in
*means all files with this file extension. This search takes place in the
C:\WINDOWS>dir /s /b *.help.txt
Here is an example of a search for all files that contain winhelp in the file name with any extension.
C:\WINDOWS>dir /s /b winhelp.*
As long as you do not search the entire disk, performance is really quite snappy. Even searching the entire disk is still pretty good.