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I plan to post here various "clever things" to do with the search strings in VoidTools's application Everything.exe.
If you already use Everything as I do - by typing in a file name template and examining the delivered file list - then you might find these occasional features interesting. They should arrive at a digestible pace. Because the tips are prompted by my curiousity, this thread would have served as a good basic tutorial for me over six years ago ...

I found the following topics on Eileen's Lounge, linked here, in case you would like to do some background reading:-
Everything
Everything is not working ...
Everything Says that I Have 350000 Objects on my System
Search Everything Query
Everything.exe file monitor
BETA upgrade to Everything (from VoidTools)

At this time I am Win10 and using Everything Version 1.5.0.1315a(64 bit).
Everything is portable - no registry was harmed in the installation of this application, and there is an excellent forum which runs phpBB software, just as does Eileen's Lounge, so you will feel right at home there ...

And now for the first tip.

EVERYTHING TIP 001
Like me you enter a file template in the search box
"*.doc"
or
"sprouts"
But you can enter two or more terms separated by a space.
"sprouts *.doc"
or "sprouts *.doc bean"

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Chris, thanks for keeping us up to date re Everything (the software, that is--unless you're up for a much bigger task...).

Q1) How does one get on the list for access to Alpha and Beta releases of Everything (same disclaimer...).
Q2) How is 1.5 Alpha working out?
Q3) Rather than sloooowwwlllllyyyyyy copying your Everything tips one at a time over many eons, how about a link to Chris's Compiled Everything Tips List?
Q4) Or would such a list be a duplicate of the Searching function at https://www.voidtools.com/support/everything/searching/?
Q5) Or would such a list be a shortened list of the Searching list, but be Chris's Greatest Hits?

Thanks again.
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@Sundog: did you intend your post, or at least points Q3 to Q5, as a reply to File search software Everything.exe - tips and tricks EVERYTHING TIP 001?
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Yes, as well as info on Alpha and Beta.
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I have moved the previous three replies into this topic.
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Sundog wrote:
28 Aug 2022, 21:49
Chris, thanks for keeping us up to date re Everything (the software, that is--unless you're up for a much bigger task...).
You are [all] more than welcome. I knew that there were several aficionados here. I know little about Everything, used it for years as a simple search "recip*.doc" and until six months ago did not realize that it is a massively powerful and (as you know) blindingly fast application. I was impressed with the support I received in response to my topic Understanding Indexing and USN Journal - 3 Questions, and by virtue of joining the forum started to see the features that I had not known.
Q1) How does one get on the list for access to Alpha and Beta releases of Everything (same disclaimer...).
I don't know, but you already know that I am going to suggest that you browse the forum! The Great Guru "void" is the font of all knowledge, but he is on a two-month sabbatical having found paid work. He might be back by now ...
Q2) How is 1.5 Alpha working out?
1.5.0 is working fine for me, although I am still on my baby steps away from "recipe*.doc". My questions of four months ago uncovered a minor bug that I wasn't aware of. i wish that Word2003 were as free of faults as Everything [rueful grin]
Q3) Rather than sloooowwwlllllyyyyyy copying your Everything tips one at a time over many eons, how about a link to Chris's Compiled Everything Tips List?
[another rueful grin] I don't have a list of tips. I thought to build a list by adding posts at a rate of about one per week as I stumble across ideas that surface in posts on the Everything forum. Usually I spot a suggestion that says <<< we can do this, but why can't we do that?>>> and I think "I didn't know that we could do this!", and if it seems useful to me, I try it. If you are a casual user or a baby like me, you could use this thread as a painless way to explore some of the power of Everything, and years from now it could be used as a tutorial by a New Arrival.
Crudely put, if, like me, you are lazy, then use this thread as a fast way of learning about tips, without having to read all the new posts on Voidtools each morning. I will serve as a volunteer to sift through the chaff.
Q4) Or would such a list be a duplicate of the Searching function at https://www.voidtools.com/support/everything/searching/?
Such a list would not duplicate a search on the Voidtools forum; phpBB search is a terrible search mechanism. Your excellent link provides an exhausting and somewhat terrifyingly magnificent view of using Everything to search one's hard drive/computer/network/world/ ... and that sort of list ("massively powerful") can be intimidating.
So I thought to get some of us up to speed by dribbling out tips in a slow but steady stream.
Q5) Or would such a list be a shortened list of the Searching list, but be Chris's Greatest Hits?
"Chris's Greatest Hits" is close to the mark. whimsical :evilgrin: is the word that comes to mind. I have been spotting the features as they appear randomly in other people's posts, and think "Ooh! I didn't know that you could do that. That looks as if it might be useful to me", and try it.

Cheers, Chris
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HansV wrote:
29 Aug 2022, 07:06
I have moved the previous three replies into this topic.
Thank you, Hans.
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In the search bar use path:len:>259
I found this at this post.

I believe that most of these tips in isolation will be curiousity-value, but that as my repertoire increases I will be able to combine the search strings to isolate specific groups of files.
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I found this at this post.
I haven't worked it out fully, but in the image above you see that I have 46,507 JPG files on my C: & T: drives, and 2,748 PNG files.

Of course, this trick is not just for EXTensions ...

... and remember, the purpose of this thread is only to plant a seed in your memory "I once saw a way to ...", not to turn you into a master-expert.

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The second part of This Post told me about     sizedupe:

Finding duplicates is a popular set of topics in the Everything.exe forum, so if you are serious about finding duplicates by file identification [name, date, size, ...] you will have your homework cut out for you, but a simple     sizedupe:     can deliver some preliminary data on which you can base a decision whether or not it makes sense to "eliminate duplicate files to improve disk space" or to "reduce confusion about versions".

My experience with audio (MP3) files tells me that the definition of "duplicate" is critical. I might have trimmed one version of Tannheuser.mp3 to remove the ovations at each end, and even between acts, and left the original MP3 file in place. "Duplicate" in this case would be defined as "contains at least three identical frames within the audio".

I recall seeing a post which suggests a way to standardize non-Anglo and diacritical characters within file names, using Everything.exe
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This post told me about     folder:

When I was younger (grin) I would type "seed" and get a list of a few folders and many files.
The "folder:" modifier shows me only the folders which match my search string.

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I found this tip here.
Like all these tips, my aim is only to alert you to the fact that features do exist. I know that mastering any specific feature will require you to embark on some study.
In my example above:
(a) Drive T: is my (encrypted) data partition.
(b) T:\Greaves\ is the path to my "corporate" work, as distinct from T:\Pers or T:\Appl
(c) depth:2 seems to suggest the roor directory and the one directory below it. You can change the 2 to 0, 1, 3, 4 etc to see the impact.
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Regular Expressions (RegEx) - EVERYTHING TIP 007

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ChrisGreaves wrote:
28 Aug 2022, 13:12
I plan to post here various "clever things" to do with the search strings in VoidTools's application Everything.exe.
I have seen RegEx being used in Everything.exe, but being a rank amateur with RegEx, have been reluctant to try it. After all, if I am not proficient in RegEx and institute a search, how can I trust the results of that search?
With this topic I now have a reason to experiment with RegEx.

As usual I have merely copied and pasted an example from someone else's post and tried it out on my data partition T:
This RegEx - "to find filenames containing non-ascii characters" - finds 429 objects - files and folders.

Code: Select all

regex:[^]a-zA-Z0-9`~!@#$%^&*()[\;',<>./:">?{}|_+= -]
A topic-search of the Audacity forums provides enough fodder for another seven-month winter. Enjoy!

If you want to use RegEx to find content of files, knock yourself out!

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