None of the freeware desktop programs I tried (google,yahoo,copernic) had a complete syntax you can write in one step to do ridiculously simple tasks like these that computers are suppost to do best:
find all *.xyz,*.zyx, *.yxz *.zzz files (Before a certain date, after a certain date, or listed by date) paste all these files into a folderThey all had a bunch of drop-down menues from which you had to choose from a limited number of options (often not including the one you need)
Windows built-in programs seem more simple, but having problems w/ them:
-found it was not possible to return results (from all folders on C:\ drive) sorted by date w/o pasting into excel, etc
-is it possible to use one of the searching operations (find,dir) on multiple filetypes (ie: find C:\(*.txt OR *.mp3 OR *.mpg)
-is it possible to perform operations (xcopy) on all resulting files of either the find,dir, or qgrep command?
Microsoft's built-in search program:
-I don't for example know how to look for ALL *.* before:11-13-2005... must I click all the way back to the first date computer was used under the from box?
-searching multiple extensions: *gre* +(*.txt OR *.jpeg OR *.bmp) is returning me *.doc, *.mid and folders that have *gre* in their title. I also can't find a way to specify whether to search for text in the document's body or in it's title.
- has some sort of bug somtimes ("memory can not be read/referenced" -or something)
Any input appreciated.
Edited by tristanolas, 18 December 2006 - 08:58 PM.