Simple Search for Vista or Office 2007 Users

by Jon Davis 10. December 2006 02:19

Do you, like I do, find it ironic that the default, so-called "simple" file search parameters in Windows are related to metadata rather than, simply, the file name and the directories? The amount of effort one must go through just to produce a filename search in a list of specific directories in Vista is atrocious. You have to choose the most distant and difficult-to-reach options just to specify the directories in which to search, and you can't even use semicolons. The absolute quickest method of adding multiple directories for a search (using a keyboard) is as follows: (after Start menu -> search) ... [tab] [tab] [space] [tab] [End] [tab] .. type a directory .. [Esc] [tab] [space] [tab] .. type another directory .. [Esc] [tab] [space] ..

I threw a fit in the Vista newsgroups and decided to build my own to bring the true simple search back to my life. Here's a start, for your enjoyment. Source code included, throw in Regular Expression search support in the source code if you like, or whatever, but my needs are met.


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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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