Search for files with parenthesis in name

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Erik Wikström, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. How do I search for files who's name contains a parenthesis? Entering
    (2) gives me all files containing 2 (which are a couple of houndred,
    while there should only be two or three with (2) in the name) since the
    parentheses have a special meaning when searching. Ive tried to use \ to
    escape them but no luck.
     
    Erik Wikström, Feb 25, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    What about enclosing the search in quotes, like "(2)"? Does that work?


    Malke
     
    Malke, Feb 25, 2007
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  3. Nope
     
    Erik Wikström, Feb 25, 2007
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  4. If there are spaces around those, add them withing the quotes. Works for me!
    " (2) "

    Bob
     
    Bob Hallsworth, Feb 26, 2007
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  5. Nope, no such luck, but for some reason the number of files found was
    about halved.
     
    Erik Wikström, Feb 26, 2007
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    Wayne Hertz Guest

    Use XYplorer (or some other good explorer replacement) for searching and say
    bye-bye to such problems.
     
    Wayne Hertz, Feb 28, 2007
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    Andrew Leigh Guest

    It's crazy not to allow people to search for the parentheses. The problem
    arose for me as a result of two failed file transfers. In both cases, the new
    files were renamed with a (1) or (2) suffix. So I have thousands of these
    extraneous files on my computer to get rid of. Or I could clean the hard disk
    and do another file transfer, but it would be far simpler if I could simply
    delete all files with a (1) or (2) suffix.

    Oh, and I just tried installing XYplorer on my computer (solely to deal with
    this issue). The program crashed.
     
    Andrew Leigh, Mar 3, 2007
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  8. Finally found out the way:

    In the Search box, type:

    name:~"*(2)*"
     
    Keith Miller MVP, Mar 17, 2007
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    Amir Deilami Guest

    Why the hell does everything new SUCK so bad?

    "*(2)*" didn't work, " (2)" didn't work, nothing works.

    Explorer is gone retarded. It can't see parenthesis, neither can distinguish _ and space.

    Microsoft has lost their mind. I'm pissed off man...what the hell?

    Anyone with any other cure? I'm doing this for the same reason everyone else is doing it. I want to delete files I just copied. Help me out guys.
     
    Amir Deilami, Oct 13, 2010
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  10. To recursively delete these (1) files open a command window (start...Run...cmd) and do the following:

    cd c:\
    dir /s *"(1)"* (/s means recursive)

    Make sure these are all the files you want to delete, then:

    del /s *"(1)"* (/s means recursive)


    NOTES:

    1) If "Run" is not listed under Start (Windows 7), right-click the lower-left Windows-icon -> Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize -> check [ ] Run command

    2) To make the initial DIR listing more readable, you can also try:

    dir /a:-d/b/s *"(1)"*

    /a:-d - Skips directories
    /b - Bare information (no headers or summary)
    /s - Recursive
     
    David Crewdson, Jan 20, 2011
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