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When searching the results of a previous search, the only visual clue of it being a limited search is that the "Look in" field is blank.

For example:

A filename search that results in 75 matches followed by "Search results" (correctly) causes the paths of all the matches to be displayed in the "Look in" field.

However, a similar search with 176 matches followed by "Search results" causes the "Look in" field to be blank. Pressing F5 to rerun the search (on the filtered list) without altering the criteria doesn't change that, see before and after below. So it appears there's some threshold at which the paths are not displayed.

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This is a very subtle indication which could lead to wrong conclusions from search results, particularly if the user only changes the File name or containing fields, and (mistakenly) assumes that the original search path was still being used.
Would it be possible to make restricted searches more apparent, eg by colouring the Look in field (say, pale pink) and including a relevant text message (say, previous Result List). Alternatively, to maintain the GUI style, you could include a Result List tab with a red tick, when appropriate.

asked by (1.4k points)

Not sure quite what you mean when you say Look In field is blank? Don't suppose you could elaborate with a screenshot?

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A filename search that results in 75 matches followed by "Search results" (correctly) causes the paths of all the matches to be displayed in the "Look in" field.

However, a similar search with 176 matches followed by "Search results" causes the "Look in" field to be blank. Pressing F5 to rerun the search (on the filtered list) without altering the criteria doesn't change that, see before and after below. So it appears there's some threshold at which the paths are not displayed.

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answered by (1.4k points)
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That's a bug, which appears to happen when the Look In field hits about 6,523 characters. We're looking into it.

answered by (67k points)

Fair enough. Nevertheless, filling that field with lots of long paths isn't particularly useful since, short of copying the contents to an editor, it's not very readable (unless there are only a handful of them).

That's what the 'Multiple folders...' button is for. It'll open a dialog showing each item on a separate line. But you're right, once it hits a certain length we should probably just display a information line "128 Folders listed. Click here to edit..."

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