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Find File

The Find in Files window 'Find File' tab provides a tool that can help you find files quicker. The tab acts as a file system explorer and offers a speedy alternative to the common open file dialog. File searches are quick and simple, allowing you to look up files of interest without losing your current workflow. The display can be switched between report and small icon view.



Start >  Explore > Search > Files > Find File

Keyboard Shortcuts



The toolbar provides a folder navigation combo box that maintains your file search history, and a file filter control to limit search results.

Find file toolbar


Up Arrow

Click to navigate to the parent folder.


Enter the path of a directory and press the Enter key to display the files in that location

Use the drop down list to select from book marked locations. New locations are automatically book marked whenever a file in that location is opened.


The filter control allows you to exclude files that do not match the criteria you type. The wildcard symbol * is automatically appended to the text so it is not necessary to add it yourself. To search for all files that contain the term jvm simply type jvm. To find png images containing the term red you could type *red*.png. Press the Enter key to update the results.

Report View

In this view the list displays the columns 'filename', 'modified date', 'file type' and 'file size'.

Columns can be sorted in either ascending or descending order. Click the column a third time to remove the sort order.

Small Icon View

The small icon view removes columns and is great when a folder contains many files.

Keyboard Shortcuts


Sets focus to the filter control

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Navigates to the parent folder


Navigates to the parent folder


If a folder is selected, opens the folder, otherwise opens the selected files.