Below you find a step by step guide, if you prefer you can watch our How to Use Quick Search video tutorial.
To run a quick search of files in a particular local or remote directory:
- Navigate to the directory required.
- Ensure that the focus is in either the Local files or Remote files section of the main window, as needed.
- Press CTRL-F (Windows) or CMD-F (MacOS).
FileZilla Pro will display the Quick Search bar in the bottom of the section.
- Click on the down arrow next to the search criteria field to select search parameters:
- Case Insensitive: ignore character case when searching. For example, if enabled,
searching on document can return document109.docx, Document102.docx, and
- Use Regular Expressions: allows you to use special characters to search files:
- .: use a period to substitute for a single character. For example, searching
f.llcan return fell.txt and fill.txt.
- *: use an asterisk after a character to search for any number of that character
in the specified place in the string. For example, searching on
return tet, text, texxt, texxxxxxxxt, etc.
- ?: use a question mark after a character to search for 0 or 1 uses of that
character in the specified place in the string. For example, searching
can return tet or text, but not texxt.
- ^: use a caret mark to search for all file names beginning with the character(s) after it. For example, searching on
^twould return all files with names
beginning with a t.
- $: use a dollar sign to search for all file names ending with the character(s)
before it. For example, searching on
b$would return all files with names
ending with a b.
- \: use a backslash character to ‘escape’ the following character, telling
FileZilla Pro to treat it as a normal character and not as a search expres-sion. For example, if you want to search for text files, you could search on \
- Invert filter: instead of searching for files that match the search criteria, search
for files that don’t match the criteria.
The video tutorial below shows how to use Quick Search.