How to Use Quick Search

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:

  1. Navigate to the directory required.
  2. Ensure that the focus is in either the Local files or Remote files section of the main window, as needed.
  3. Press CTRL-F (Windows) or CMD-F (MacOS).

    FileZilla Pro will display the Quick Search bar in the bottom of the section.
  4. 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
      DOCUMENT099.docx)
    • Use Regular Expressions: allows you to use special characters to search files:
      • .: use a period to substitute for a single character. For example, searching
        on f.ll can 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 tex*t can
        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 tex?t
        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 ^t would 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 \.txt.

    • Invert filter: instead of searching for files that match the search criteria, search
      for files that don’t match the criteria.

  5. Enter the search criteria. FileZilla Pro will display any files that match your search
    settings.

The video tutorial below shows how to use Quick Search.

Video tutorial: FileZilla Pro Search Files

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