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How do I permanently exclude a group of files from my searches

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When I'm searching a set of files I want to be able to always exclude a certain group of files, e.g. DLL or EXE. I know I can type something like:



search NOT (.dll OR .exe)

but I want to be able to just type:


and for FileLocator Pro to ALWAYS exclude the DLL or EXE file types. Is there a way to modify the Persistent Search Filters to add file types as well?

asked Oct 9, 2013 by user (1,570 points)

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You can't do it with Persistent Search Filters but you could setup your own File Name preset. It's an undocumented feature but basically if you edit the file_preset.xml file you can create your own custom preset:

Custom Preset

To add this new No EXE/DLL custom preset requires two steps.

Step 1 - Add preset to file_preset.xml

Open the file C:\Program Files\Mythicsoft\FileLocator Pro\config\file_preset.xml and add this at the bottom.


The <dosexp>NOT:*.exe;*.dll</dosexp> section provides the 'persistent' filter to exclude any file with the extension .EXE or .DLL and the <attribs>-d</attribs> excludes all directories.

Step 2 - Add the language resource

Step 1 referenced the language resource 1000, which doesn't yet exist. This is what will be displayed in the UI. Find the language file you're using, e.g.

C:\Program Files\Mythicsoft\FileLocator Pro\config\lang-en.xml

and add this as the last language resource:

<res id="1000" text="No EXE/DLL" />

Now when you run FileLocator Pro you should see your custom preset. Anything entered in the File name field is now considered as a Boolean expression.

answered Oct 9, 2013 by dave (55,690 points)