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Author Topic: SOLVED: In Windows Explorer, Select Files By File Extension  (Read 4579 times)
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« on: October 16, 2012, 07:23:43 PM »


In Windows XP, does anyone know of a plug-in by which user can select files by extension?  The plug-in can be added to context menu, tool bar, or some other way.

I tried FileMenuTools, but for some reason, although claiming it does this, it doesn't actually work.

If no such plug-in exists, or cannot be created, can anyone suggest an alternative to Explorer which works to accomplish the task?

Thanks!

Nicholas Kormanik


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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 10:22:55 AM »

Couldn't you just order by the File type column in explorer, and select the first to the last in the list (of the extension you want)?
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 04:57:08 PM »

Do you mean, a simple way to mark all files with a given extension for further action?  That's trivial with Total Commander.  Put the cursor on one such file, press Num+, and all files with the same extension are marked.  Or, in ZTreeWin, log a directory, pick one such file, press Alt-T, E.  Or, in XYplorer, it's Ctrl+Alt+M.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 04:58:06 PM »


Yep.  That would be the traditional XP way of selecting by file type.

However, it's way easier being able to use wildcards, as FileMenuTools purports to being able to do.

I did find a useful solution that exists for everyone without an extra needed program, that should have been pretty obvious, but I hadn't thought of it before writing here:

-- Use Windows SEARCH, and put the wildcards, extension in there.

Sooo, Skwire, if no one has anything else to add to the discussion, maybe this one is done.


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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 01:40:10 AM »

I'd bug the author of these FileMenu tools to fix that issue for XP, and also add/enable it for Windows 7, as it seems a quite useful feature.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012, 02:23:54 AM »

-- Use Windows SEARCH, and put the wildcards, extension in there.
Yes. Search on "*.exe" or whatever extension you are wanting to filter for.
Doing the same in Locate32 could probably give you a flexible selection approach as well.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 02:32:25 AM »


Locate32 seems a great program.  It's the one I use for indexing everything I have on all internal drives, on external USB drives, and on my little network.  Not for content, though.  Just file names.

If anyone knows of a better basic indexing program I'd like to hear about it.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 10:29:43 AM »

Also FreeCommander has a Filter edit line under each pane.  Say you have a mixed bunch of files in the folder and only want to rename the srt subtitle files.  Type *.srt in the filter.  Press Control-a to select them all, then F2 to get the built in renamer tool.

edit: to copy them to the opposite pane, press F5 or you can drag with the mouse. When dragging you can copy/move to tab etc..

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