Tired of browsing through folders and manually searching for your videos? Are you looking for quick ways to find all video files on your Windows device? Then you are exactly right with us.
We’ll show you how to use File Explorer’s search bar and some filters to search for videos only. From there, let’s check how to find the videos that might be hidden somewhere on your device.
1. Use File Explorer’s search bar to find all your videos
File Explorer’s search bar makes it easy to find the files and folders on your device. Now let’s explore how you can use this tool to filter your results and only search for videos:
- Open file manager by clicking the system tray icon. Alternatively press victory + E.
- click This PC in the left pane or open your video folder. In this case, we’re exploring how to search for videos in the Downloads folder.
- After selecting a folder, enter it Type: Video in the File Explorer search bar and press Enter. This should show all of your videos.
2. Search for videos with specific filenames
Finding lost or misplaced files on your device is not complicated. However, it can be a hassle to scroll down a list of search results and find your video.
So how do you search through all your video files and quickly find a specific video?
It’s pretty easy – as long as you know the filename. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Open file manager by clicking or pressing the icon in the taskbar victory + E.
- click This PC on the left or just open any other folder that contains your videos.
- Type Filename Type: Video in the search bar of the file explorer, but replace filename with the exact name of the file you are looking for. For example, if you search for a file named “paragliding,” Type Type of paragliding: video in the File Explorer search bar and press Enter.
The best part is that even if you have other file formats named “Paragliding”, this search query will only return video results. So, this method can come in handy when you have different file types with the same name.
3. Search for specific video file formats
Now what if you want to see the search results for specific video file formats? File Explorer’s search bar can help with that, too!
For example, you can search for different video file formats like MOV, MP4, WMV, and more. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Press victory + E to open File Explorer.
- click This PC on the left or navigate to another relevant folder.
- Type ext:.file format in the File Explorer search bar and replace the file format part with the video file format you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for MP4 files, type ext:.MP4, and press Enter.
If you know the name of the video you are looking for, you can go one step further. You can search for your videos by both file name and file format. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Open file manager as in the previous steps.
- Type Filename ext:.file format and replace “filename‘ with the name of your file and ‘file format” with the format you are looking for. For example, if you search for an MP4 file named “paragliding,” should be your search query Paragliding ext:.MP4.
4. Search for videos using other filters
File Explorer gives you many more options for filtering your search results.
To get these options, you need to click on the Search tab in the upper left corner of File Explorer. However, the Search tab doesn’t appear until you’ve completed a search.
First, let’s search for all your videos using File Explorer’s search bar. From there, let’s look at the options that appear in the Search tab.
- Press victory + E to open File Explorer.
- Type Type: Video in the File Explorer search bar and press Enter. This will show all your videos and also the Seek Tab in the top left corner.
Now let’s look at the options that appear on the Seek Tab.
- All subfolders: By clicking this option, you can search for all videos in the current folder and its subfolders.
- Current folder: This option allows you to search for videos only in the current folder and not in other subfolders within it.
- Search in again: If you cannot find your video in the current folder, this option allows you to search for it again but in a different folder.
- date changed: This option allows you to search for a video saved or modified on a specific date.
- Kind: Here you can select the file types to be searched. In this case, the file type is Video, but you can change it to Movie or Recorded TV to browse other videos.
- size: This option allows you to filter your video results by file size. You can select a range from Empty (0 KB) to Huge (>4 GB).
- Recent Searches: Allows you to view your previous searches or clear your search history in File Explorer.
- Expanded options: Allows you to include or exclude file contents, system files, and zipped (compressed) folders in your search results.
- Other properties: This option allows you to filter your results based on folder path, tags, title and more.
So by using any of these options, you can filter your search results and only find the videos you are looking for.
5. Show hidden files (if you can’t find your videos)
Have you tried all the methods but still can’t find your videos? Maybe these files are in a hidden folder somewhere.
So, let’s see how to check for hidden videos on your PC:
- Type victory + E to open File Explorer.
- press the outlook Tab in the top left corner.
- Check the Hidden Items Box to show all hidden files and folders.
Now try to search for your videos using any of the methods described.
Find all your video files easily
File Explorer’s search bar makes it easy for you to find any files on your PC. However, there are times when this tool shows a lot of results – which can be quite confusing. If you just want to search for video files, just use any of the methods we’ve covered.
From there, you can explore some incredible tools you can use to edit your videos.
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