WinNc search functions can be accessed in a number of ways. The search function can be performed in either the left or right panel:
- Using the mouse, click on “Panel” in the menu-bar at the top of the screen, the drop-down menu will appear and you can move down to select the “Search” function.
- Using the mouse, click on the Folder/magnifying glass icon in the “Operations” toolbar.
- The alternate way to access the search function is using the keyboard shortcuts, [Ctrl][F].
You will be presented with the search window, which will open in the bottom of your working panel.
The “Search for:” box will have its contents (i.e. *.*) highlighted for you to setup/enter your search parameters (i.e. filename.ext or foldername). If you leave the default wildcard characters *.*, which represent “all files”, then this will be your search parameter.
Note: Wildcards used by MSDOS and Windows software are recognized as valid substitutes within WinNC Search. Search parameters are not case sensitive.
Since WinNc 188.8.131.52, the search option has been slightly changed:
- Place filename between "" to search for complete file names: "Desktop.ini"
- For finding different complete files, use ';' to separate them: "Desktop.ini;Desktop.ico"
- Use wildcharts '*' for searching parts of complete files (no "" needed): Desktop.*
- Also possible to separate them using ';': *.ini;*.ico
- Find files that contain a text, just enter the text: Desktop
- Find files that contains two texts, separate them by a space (AND operation): Desktop ini
- Find files that contains either of a few texts, separate them by a ';' (OR operations): Desktop;ini
The next line is the “Search in:” box. Here you will set up where you want your search to look (i.e. My Computer, or the C:/ drive, or any drive and/or directory you wish to select).
These are the minimum requirements you have to enter to create a search using WinNC.
Most people who have use for a file manager usually have more than a few files they wish to manage, so you may have more than a couple of files located throughout your system with the same name.
WinNc gives you the option to add filters to your search in order to narrow the results. In your search window you will see other options you can fill in to do this.
Below your initial search boxes you have a line “Containing Text:” that can be used if you are searching for a document or text file. If you know the file you are searching for contains a certain wording, then this can be entered here.
The next line has a similar only opposite function. “And not containing text:” can be used to specify that the file does not contain certain wording within it.
To the right of these boxes, you will find checkboxes that can be marked or cleared as you desire.
Include Folders: When checked, tries to locate files/directories in subdirectories.
Include Archives: When checked, tries to locate files/directories in archives.
Use filters: When checked, this will open additional filter options below your existing boxes.
These filter boxes give you the following options to narrow your search even further. More than one box can have parameters entered into it.
On the first line the four boxes are:
- Include: Additional filename and extensions can be entered here.
- Exclude: Additional filename and extensions can be entered here.
- Before: Enter a date that follows the date your file was created. This will display only files with a date prior to the one you select.
- Above: Enter a file size smaller than the file you are searching for (i.e. 100 kB). This will put a floor on your results and display only files with a larger size.
On the second line the four boxes are:
- Include Folders: Additional Foldername can be entered here.
- Exclude Folder: Additional Foldername can be entered here.
- After: Enter a date that precedes the date your file was created. This will display only files with a date after the one you select.
- Below: Enter a file size larger than the file you are searching for (i.e. 1000 kB or 1 mB). This put a ceiling on your results and will display only files with a smaller size.
Now we have the five checkboxes on the right hand side. These checkboxes have the same functions as used in your Windows software.
- Read only: read only attribute (effected on files, directories).
- Hidden: hidden attribute (effected on files, directories).
- System: system attribute (effected on files, directories).
- Directory: directory attribute (effected on directories).
- Archive: archive attribute (effected on files, directories).
These Checkboxes in the filter section actually have three states. Let's take the hidden checkbox as an example.
- A transparent/grayed out box means non-hidden files only (default state).
- A clear check-marked box means hidden only.
- Solid blue/unchecked means both hidden and non-hidden.