AlFileSearch Help description


Full file name = Contents of column 'name' + 'Ext.' (extension).
Attrib. (Attributes): H = Hidden, S = System, A = Archive, R = Read only, D = Directory.
For Recent, Office recent, IE Cache folders results automatically orders by 'Modified date' column, otherwise by 'Nr' column.
Hidden or system files / folders are marked with red color symbol: '!'.
Open file with the default program: double click on cell in column 2 (Name), or press 'Open' button, or use Shell context menu.
Open file with Notepad: select the necessary file in the results grid and click 'Open file with Notepad' button.
Select file in Explorer: double click on cell in column 4 (Folder) or press 'Select' button.

subfolders = Check subfolders; files = Search for files; folders = Search for folders; target = 'View target' mode.

Base folder
Defines Folder and/or Drive where to search Files.You can specify base folder by clicking on drive buttons or special folders buttons:
- Desktop    - the software will search the current user's desktop folder and in common desktop folder (all users desktop folder);
- Docs        - Current user's Documents folder;
- Startm      - Current user's Startmenu folder + All users Startmenu folder;
- IE Cache  - Current user's Microsoft Internet Explorer cache folder ( Temporary Internet Files );
- IE Fav      - Current user's Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites folder;
- Recent     - Current user's Recent documents folder (in 'View target' and 'Filter by name' mode - see below);
- Office rec - Current user's Microsoft Office Recent folder. Note: This is not special Microsoft Windows folder, that is why the button will be visible only if this directory exists and if the software AlFileSearch will find it.

Specifies the wildcard for scanning the files, or file names with extensions of searching files. You can specify multiple wildcards delimited by semicolon, for example: *.doc;*.docx. Note: empty string = search by wildcard * - search all files (with and without extension). *.* - search all files with extension. You can use the asterisk character ("*") substitutes for any zero or more characters, and the question mark ("?") substitutes for any one character or less but not more than the amount of question marks. ";" - mask separator (use without spaces).

Set widcards buttons
The search string for this buttons was set from the AlFileSearch developers point of view.
Ex. click on 'Image' button set the search string to: *.jpg;*.jpeg;*.bmp;*.png;*.gif;*.tif; But this is not the full list of image file formats. Many extentions is not included (ex. *.ico, *.pic, ...).
You can use up to two customizable buttons - there you may set your caption and search string.

Filter form
If you have set the filter, you can click on 'Start search' button on the main form directly, without clicking on the Close button on the set filter form.

'View target' mode 
Avaliable for folders: Recent, Office recent, Desktop and Startmenu. Avaliable only for shortcut files: *.lnk, *.url.
Standart column 'Folder' is not displayed. Column 'Shortcut target' is displayed, column 'T. Exists' (Target exists) is displayed.
Column 'Size, b' is called 'Target size, b' - and shows the shortcut's target file size.
Column 'Attr.' (Attributes) is called 'Sh. attr.' and shows the attributes of the shortcut file (not target).
Select shortcut in Recent folder: press button 'Select'.
Select target file in Explorer: double click on cell in column 4 (Shortcut target) or use Shell context menu.
1. Shell context menu is displayed for the shortcut file, not for the target object.
2. If you search in this mode but not only for shortcuts (ex. for: * - all files) - for those - not shortcuts files, columns contents will be:
Shortcut target = <not shotrcut>, T.exists = --, Target size = --, Sh. attr = found file attributes, Sh. modified = found file modify date...
3. Retrieving target path is not avaliable for shortcuts where target editing is not enabled, ex.:
- system shortcuts (ex. Control panel.lnk, ets.)
- shortcuts (*.lnk) (except *.url) where target is an internet placed object (ex. shotcut: myfile.pdf on

'Filter by name' mode
Allow to use quick wildcards buttons for filter files in Recent folder. Ex. show only recent images, videos, audios, text files...
If this mode is active it search always for '*.lnk;*.url;' and new edit box is displayed: 'Name:'.
You may disable it in settings form.
Avaliable for folders: Recent, Office recent. Avaliable only for shortcut files: *.lnk.
Usefull only if your shortcuts files in those folders have this structure:
<file name>+<file extention>+.lnk (ex. myfile.doc.lnk).
If shortcuts files in Recent folders have this structure: <file name>+.lnk - filter name mode is useless.
Probably, structure of this files depends of Microsoft Windows setting: 'Hide extensions for known file types' check box.

Search for text within a file
Column 'Text in file, preview': 50 characters from the left side of a search string + search string + 50 characters from the right side of a search string.
Note 1: Search in encoded text documents (e.g. PDF, XLS, DOC,...) is NOT supported.
Note 2: Text in column 'Text in file, preview' may be not always available (visible).
Note 3: For some local Microsoft Windows codepages (double-byte character set (DBCS) pages, (DBCS code pages are used for languages such as Japanese and Chinese.) checkbox 'Search for text within a file: try to convert all data to utf-8' may be checked.
Note 4: There is no guarantee that the software will find all files with needed contents.

Export results
Copy to clipboard all grid contents: press button 'Copy to clipboard'.
Copy to clipboard the text in the selected cell: press Ctrl+C on selected cell(s).