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How to use “Search” in B1 File Manager

May 8, 2014

In one of it’s previous update B1 File Manager has received a local search option. It’s simple by design, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your search results making it more customizable, thus more accurate. Here are some tips on how to search like a pro in B1 File Manager.
First of all, the basics. The search results in B1 File Manager are dependent on where exactly you search. If you’ll tap the Search icon in a specific folder (like Download), the app will search for files only in that particular folder. If you want to search your whole device’s memory, you should start the search from the Home screen. But if you have an SD card inserted and you want to search files only there, you should go to SD card location. Ultimately, to search through the internal and external storages, tap Local, select Another location and in the address bar type “/” – this will take you to the root catalogue.
Once you’ve decided where to search, tap the search icon in the top right corner.

Start typing the search word and B1 File Manager will instantly display the results. This will show you all files with the combination you’ve entered in the filenames.

But there is a way to narrow down the search. First of all if you want to see files containing exactly the word you’ve entered, not as a part of a filename, place space after the word.

Another situation is, for example, when you’re sure that the file you’re looking for has 6 characters in it’s name, but you remember only the first three characters. In this case it’s better to type those three characters followed by three question marks (?), followed by dot.

Question mark represent any character, so without the dot at the end you’ll get absolutely different search results.

Another search tip is using the asterisk (*). Similar to the question mark, asterisk mean any number of any characters. So if you’ll type character from the filename you know, followed by asterisk and followed by dot, you’ll get broader results when compared to the previous method.

The last but not the least, B1 Free Archiver had a filter option allowing to search for files based on their extension. Basically the same search can be performed via the Search option. All you have to do is type a dot followed by an extension.

Give it a try! And don’t forget to check for updates in our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages and even the Official B1 Free Archiver YouTube channel!