Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

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ihot01
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Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

Post by ihot01 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:26 pm

Hi,
I made a small donation to your software because I love its speed.
What is the Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want.
For example, I don't need all folders under C:\ drive except c:\users\myname\documents and desktop.

I read your HELP and know you have an exclude and inclulde folder list. But I don't see a way to exclude all folders except the few that I want.

rpnfan
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Re: Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

Post by rpnfan » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:14 pm

I had almost the same question yesterday. See two threads below:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8767

I know use the filters (and macro name for them) for that and have defined some "cascaded" filters which allow me quickly switch between.

In your case you'd define a filter with the search

"c:\folder_i_want\" | "d:\another folder I want"

this will restrict the search to those folders.

The other way around would be to exclude folders with a !

!"c:\folder_I_dont_want_to_see"

NotNull
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Re: Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

Post by NotNull » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:30 pm

... and if you are sure you will ever need only to see the content of c:\users\myname\documents and c:\users\myname\desktop on your C:-drive:

Go to Menu:Tools > Options > Indexes > NTFS, select C:-drive and enter the following in the include only box:

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c:\users\myname\documents;c:\users\myname\desktop
Note 1: Don't use "" around the foldernames
Note 2: When searching, you can use shell:desktop or %username%\desktop (*), but those are not supported here (yet; it is on the TODO list)

(*) Enable Expand environment variables for that ( under Menu:Tools > Options > Search )



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ihot01
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Re: Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

Post by ihot01 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:56 pm

Thanks. My goal is to minimize Everything's index/database. So I think I will use this solution:
"Menu:Tools > Options > Indexes > NTFS, select C:-drive and enter the following in the include only box"
Why don't voidtools put these suggestions into FAQ? It's seems like a basic requirement.
Also, voidtools should create a youtube video to explain how to "best practice" use Everything.
I'm an Oracle software consultant with over 20 years experience in script Linux , VBA, Windows etc.
I'm curious - where do you gentlemen/ladies find time to help answer questions like mine?
Obviously you are both volunteering your time.

ihot01
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Re: Best way to exclude all folders except the few that I want

Post by ihot01 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:23 pm

Thanks rpnfan. I already studied
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8767
and save it's contents to my Everything folder for future reference
Quick question - just to confirm:
Will the use of filters reduce the size of Everything's index and database?
Everything's database is blazing fast- what database is it? OpenSQL etc?

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