About a month ago I blogged about a new trick that I had learned for Tiling Selected Windows. Even though I’ve been a Windows Power User for years, I didn’t know about that little trick and many other Long Time Windows Power Users commented that they were unaware of it as well. Well, I just discovered another neat little Windows trick that has probably been around for ages too.
When you are in an “Open” Dialogue box, you can use wildcards to filter the filenames that you see in the window. This can be especially helpful if you have several directories that have hundreds of files in them like I do in some cases. I’ve included a few screenshots to illustrate this.
Here is an unfiltered Open Dialogue box:
If I type in “*.mp3” in the “File Name” box and then hit enter, I see only the MP3 files in the selected folder:
If I type in “*.???” in the “File Name” box and then hit enter, I see only the files with three letter file extensions (.html files are hidden because they have four letters in their extension):
If I type in “i*” in the “File Name” box and then hit enter, I see only the files that begin with the letter “I”:
If I type in “*2005-12” in the “File Name” box and then hit enter, I see only the files that have “2005-12” somewhere in their title (this is very useful if you frequently incorporate dates into your file names):
I can also mix my filters as well by separating them with a semicolon. If I type in “t*;s*” in the “File Name” box and then hit enter, I see only the files that begin with either the letters “T” or “S”:
Once again, I’m curious—have the other long-time Windows Power Users that read this known about this trick all along?