Is it possible to search for multiple files at once using Windows XP?

Waseem Abbas February 6, 2012

Is there a way that I can search multiple files in Windows at a time? I know there is the default search option in Windows, but I can only search for one file at a time. I want to be able to search for, let’s say – “xyz.pdf, abc.xls and def.txt” at the same time.

  1. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    How to Search for Multiple Files with a Single Search

    To find multiple files at once, write at the “Files Wildcards” search box.

  2. Waseem Abbas
    February 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

    OR Operator and simi colon both  works fine in windows, thats great. Is there any free tool which help in multiple file type searching in windows

  3. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    try using semicolon ;
    i.e., "zxc.exe; file.pdf; filename.* "
    it will search for all those at the same time.

    • Jay.0
      February 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

      It works perfectly!
      wild card characters also work.
      *.pdf,*;*.xls;*.txt  returns all the pdf excel and text files.

      • Anonymous
        February 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

        yeah, works for Win7 as well!

    February 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hello, if you do not mind getting free third party tools, you could use Everything.  There is also a portable version if you like to use it:


  5. Jay.0
    February 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

    As Mike said, using OR lets you search multiple types.

    You can also use catgorized search, click "back", and you will see those options.

    Documents like .txt ,.xls except pdf can be searched by selecting documents category.

    There are options of searching videos, images and audio indivdually or in combinations.

  6. Karkala Nayak
    February 7, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Hello, why don't you do this...Open multiple windows and click on search in all of them and search each file in each window...

  7. Mike
    February 7, 2012 at 12:42 am

    As far as I know Windows XP does supports arguments like "AND, OR, ..."
    Using "xyz.pdf OR abc.xls OR def.txt" should give you the results you want.

    Otherwise you may want to use Windows Search.

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