In Windows Explorer, there's a search box that searches the files. But it's slow, and its searches recurse into subfolders. I'd like something that filters the files quickly, without recursing into subdirectories.

At a minimum, it should work in Windows Explorer. If it also works in Open File dialog boxes in other applications, even better.

I don't want to pay for this; I'm looking for freeware.

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    Your question was poorly worded and hard to understand. I first thought of putting it into the question closure queue. Luckily for you, I figured out what you meant and decided to edit the question instead. Please put more effort into your posts in the future. Please focus on spelling, grammar, and clarity. You will get more upvotes, your questions will have a higher likelihood of being tweeted, and your questions will likely get more attention. Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 21:28
  • Did you know that, in Windows Explorer, you can often select the file you want by typing the first few letters of its filename? Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 21:30
  • If you are not married to Windows Explorer, then (IMO superior) tools like Total Commander do what you want (and a whole lot more that WE does not), so quickly as to seem instantaneous ghisler.com
    – Mawg
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 8:37


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