Windows 10: Searching Windows 10 folders that contain a "." in the folder name

Discus and support Searching Windows 10 folders that contain a "." in the folder name in Cortana to solve the problem; //Edited title I have a set of development folders - each root folder has names with dots in them. i.e. "Myfolder.webapi" and sometimes... Discussion in 'Cortana' started by MarkDav99, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. MarkDav99 Win User

    Searching Windows 10 folders that contain a "." in the folder name


    //Edited title


    I have a set of development folders - each root folder has names with dots in them.


    i.e. "Myfolder.webapi" and sometimes "myfolder.webapi.myproduct". all these are legal file names.


    These folders themselves contain regular files and subdirectories. Each of these folders is being automatically added to the excluded list in search classic or advanced. When I remove them from the excluded list, they are re-added automatically. No files from these folders re returned in search obviously!.


    Is there a way to index these folders?


    This is for Windows 10 20H2.


    Many thanks, Mark.

    :)
     
    MarkDav99, Mar 30, 2021
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    Carlos: Thanks for your reply. What you suggest is what I have been doing. I search for folders with a specific name and get a list. Then I have to search each folder for a specific file. So it's a two step search and that's what I was trying to avoid.

    I assume there are applications out there that allow for an "AND" search in Windows. I'll try that approach.

    Thanks, again.
     
    MarkMcDonough45, Mar 30, 2021
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    Quick Access not searching Pictures folder

    Summary, that last suggestion didn't work.

    • I moved the pictures to another folder temporarily.


    • Since there were no troubleshooting steps for this scenario, just for the heck of it, I ran through the restore steps. Copied some pictures into the Pictures folder, ran a Quick Access search and initial problem remains: Searching all of QA doesn't find any files in Pictures folder, running search on just the Pictures folder does. I want to run a global search and find matching files in any/all of the Documents, Music, Videos, and Pictures folders.
    That article dates from 2015 and I'm guessing is out of date. I hope it didn't create potential future problems in my registry.

    Bottom line: I'm still looking for a fix.
     
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    Windows installation folder

    A couple of years ago, I read that Windows has a special folder that contains files used during the installation process. Also, I heard there's another folder that Windows uses as a back-up of every system file, just in case the user wants to do a system restore. Where can I find both folders and are they safe to delete?
     
    GoFigureItOut, Mar 30, 2021
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