Perform an Advanced Search

Refine a search with operators

You can use search operators to refine a query. A search operator is an instruction that joins keywords to form a new, more complex query. It enables you to look for several words at once by telling Copernic Desktop Search how to link keywords.



Boolean Search Operator Description
Example

AND (+)

Finds documents that contain all of the specified words.

Use the AND operator to search for documents in which all the terms joined with the AND operator are present. Therefore, if 4 keywords are joined with AND in a search, only documents containing all 4 keywords will be returned. On the other hand, a document that contains 3 of the 4 keywords will not be returned. The AND operator helps you narrow your search. By default, Copernic Desktop Search uses the AND operator.

Be careful not to overuse the AND operator in a query; a search that is too specific could overlook relevant results.


business AND meeting

business + meeting

Copernic Desktop Search will find documents that contain both "business" and "meeting". Because AND or + is the default operator, the following query would produce the same results:

business meeting

OR

Finds documents that contain at least one of the specified words.

Use the OR operator to search for documents in which at least one of the search terms joined with the OR operator is present. The OR operator helps you broaden your search by including synonyms or related terms.


meeting OR appointment

Copernic Desktop Search will find documents that include either one of the two terms or both.

NOT (-)

Excludes the documents that contain the specified word.

Use the NOT operator to ignore documents that contain the specified words. The NOT operator helps you narrow your search.

Be careful with the use of NOT as the attempt to narrow the search may be too exclusive and eliminate relevant documents.


meeting NOT appointment

meeting - appointment

Copernic Desktop Search will find the documents that contain the word "meeting" if they do not contain the word "appointment".

Also, if you search for references about " international news ", excluding the word "national" might result in missing relevant results whatever the context related to the use of this word in documents. Therefore, the NOT operator must be used carefully.

NEAR

Finds documents that contain specified words in close proximity.

Use the NEAR operator to find words that are at most ten words apart.


Copernic NEAR Desktop

Copernic Desktop Search will find the documents that contain the words "Copernic" and "Desktop" provided they are at most ten words apart.

" " (Quotation marks)

Finds documents that contain the whole word or the exact phrase.

Use quotation marks " " to avoid finding similar terms or derived words. If the word you are searching for needs to be considered as a whole word, enclose it in quotation marks. The documents must include the specified whole word.

Quotation marks can also be used to search for an exact phrase.


"challenge"

Copernic Desktop Search will find documents that contain the exact word "challenge". Had the word not been enclosed in quotation marks, Copernic Desktop Search would also have found documents containing similar terms, such as "challenges" or "challenger".

"Lord of the Rings"

Copernic Desktop Search will find documents that contain the exact phrase "Lord of the Rings".

( ) (Parentheses)

Processes the enclosed sub-query first.

Use parentheses to isolate parts of a query. Sub-queries included in parentheses are processed before all other parts of the query.


(America OR Europe) AND maps

Copernic Desktop Search will first process the " America OR Europe " sub-query to find all documents that include either one of the two terms or both. It will then filter all found documents to keep only the ones that also include the word "maps". Hence, it will find documents that contain the words " America AND maps ", "Europe AND maps" or all three words.

@all

Finds all documents.

Use the @all operator to display all items (of all categories).



Reminder: You can combine operators to create queries that are more refined

Note: If you use only one of the pair of search operators such as the parenthesis, the search will be invalid.

Ex: (dogs NOT cats will search for dogs AND cats instead of dogs NOT cats .


Please note that certain characters, calls reserved or escaping characters , are ignored by CDS and thus considered as white spaces.

period . comma , semicolon ; underscore _ equal sign =
slash
/
backslash
\
ampersand
&
left parenthesis
(
right parenthesis
)
vertical bar
|
left square bracket
[
right square bracket
]
left curly brace
{
right curly brace
}
exclamation mark
!
less-than sign
<
greater-than sign
>
as sign
@
quotation mark
"
apostrophe
'
colon
:
plus sign
+
hyphen
-
interrogation mark
?
asterisk
*
circumflex accent
tilde ~




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Refine a search with advanced categories operators


Common operators
Example
@category

Finds items within a specific search category.

Use the @category operator to search for items within a specific search category.

The category could be All, Files, Emails, Contacts, Organizer, History, Favorites, Pictures, Music, Videos.


@category=Files

@category=emails

NOT @category=music

@date

Finds items with a specific date.

Use the @date operator to search for items with a specific date.

The date must be formatted using the local short date pattern.


@date=2018-04-17

@date>=2010/01/01 AND @date<2015/12/01

@date="Thursday 9-feb-17"

@issubdocument

Finds sub-document items only.

Use the @issubdocument operator to search for items that are inside other items only. Usefull to search items inside archive files (ex: zip files) or in email attachments.


@issubdocument=True

@issubdocument=false

@hassubdocument

Finds items containing sub-document.

Use the @hassubdocument operator to search for items that contains other items. Usefull to search archive files (ex: zip files) or email containing attachments.


@hassubdocument=True

@hassubdocument=false

@filename

Finds items with a specific file name.

Use the @filename operator to search for items with a specific file name. The file name could be a part of the name or the complete name with file extension.


@filename=filename

@filename=filename.txt

@filename="some file name.txt"

@filetype

Finds items with a specific file type.

Use the @filetype operator to search for items with a specific file type. The file type is the file extension. You could search for more that one file type at a time using the comma "," separator.


@filetype=txt

@filetype=.txt,doc,.pdf

@size

Finds items with a specific file size.

Use the @size operator to search for items of a specific file size. The file size is specified using the Bytes, Kilobytes, Kb, Megabytes, Mb, Gigabytes or Gb qualifiers.


@size=25 Kilobytes

@size>=1024 Mb

@size>1024kb AND @size<=1024 megabytes

@filefolder

Finds items contains inside a specific folder.

Use the @filefolder operator to search for items that are contains inside a specific folder.


@filefolder=C:\FolderName

@filefolder="C:\FolderName\Sub Folder Name"

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Mailer common operators
Example
@subject

Finds emails for a specific subject.

Use the @subject operator to search for emails with a specific subject.


@subject="Some Subject"

@subject=Subject

@importance

Finds emails of a specific importance.

Use the @importance operator to search for emails of a specific importance. The importance is set using the Low, Normal or High qualifiers.


@importance=Low

@importance=normal

@importance=high

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Email
Example

@from

Finds emails for a specific sender.

Use the @from operator to search for emails for a specific sender. The sender name could be the person name or the email address.


@from="Sender Name"

@from=Name

@from=sendername@company.com

@to

Finds emails for a specific receiver.

Use the @to operator to search for emails for a specific receiver. The receiver name could be the person name or the email address.


@to="Receiver name"

@to=Name

@to=receivername@company.com

@mailer

Finds emails from a specific mailer program.

Use the @mailer operator to search for emails inside a specific email program.

The mailer could be OutlookEmail, PstEmail, EudoraEmail, EudoraOstEmail, ThunderbirdEmail, WindowsMailEmail, WindowsLiveMailEmail, LotusNotesEmail.


@mailer=OutlookEmail

@mailer=lotusnotesemail

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Contacts
Example

@name

Finds contacts with a specific name.

Use the @name operator to search for contacts with a specific name.


@name="Contact Name"

@name=Name

@company

Finds contacts for a specific company name.

Use the @company operator to search for contacts for a specific company name.


@company="Company Name"

@company=Name

@mailer

Finds contacts from a specific mailer program.

Use the @mailer operator to search for contacts inside a specific email program.

The mailer could be OutlookContact, OutlookGlobalAddressList, PstContact, EudoraOstContact, ThunderbirdContact, WindowsContact, LotusNotesContact.


@mailer=OutlookContact

@mailer=thunderbirdcontact

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Organizer
Example

@meetingattendee

Finds organizer items for a specific attendee name.

Use the @meetingattendee operator to search for organizer items for a specific attendee. The attendee name could be the person name or the email address .


@meetingattendee="Attendee Name"

@meetingattendee=Name

@meetingattendee=attendeename@company.com

@meetingorganizer

Finds organizer items for a specific organizer person name.

Use the @meetingorganizer operator to search for organizer items of a specific organizer. The organizer name could be the person name or the email address .


@meetingorganizer="Organizer name"

@meetingorganizer=Name

@meetingorganizer>=organizername@company.com

@organizertype

Finds organizer items for a specific organizer type.

Use the @organizertype operator to search for organizer items of a specific type. The organizer type could be Meeting, Task or Note.


@organizertype=Meeting

@organizertype=task

@organizertype=note

@mailer

Finds organizer items from a specific mailer program.

Use the @mailer operator to search for organizer items inside a specific email program.

The mailer could be OutlookMeeting, OutlookTask, OutlookNote, PstMeeting, PstTask, PstNote.


@mailer=OutlookMeeting

@mailer=psttask

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History and Favorites
Example

@website

Finds Web history/favorites for a specific site.

Use the @website operator to search for Web history/favorites for a specific site.


@website=www.website.com

@website=WebSiteName

@browser

Finds Web history/favorites for a specific Web browser.

Use the @browser operator to search for Web history/favorites for a specific Web browser. The Web browsers choices could be Chrome, Firefox or InternetExplorer.


@browser=Chrome

@browser=Firefox

@browser=InternetExplorer

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Picture
Example

@pictureresolution

Finds pictures for a specific resolution.

Use the @pictureresolution operator to search for pictures of a specific resolution. The resolution is specified in megapixel using the MP or MegaPixel qualifiers.


@pictureresolution=2 MP

@pictureresolution=2 MegaPixel

@pictureresolution>=2 MP

@pictureresolution<2 MegaPixel

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Music and Video common Operators
Example

@title

Finds a music/video title.

Use the @title operator to search for music/video with a specific title.


@title=Title

@title="Track Title"

@artist

Finds music/video for a specific artist.

Use the @artist operator to search for music/video of a specific artist.


@artist=Artist

@artist="Artist Name"

@genre

Finds music/video of a specific genre.

Use the @genre operator to search for music/video of a specific genre.


@genre="Progressive Rock"

@genre=Jazz

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Music
Example

@album

Finds a specific music album.

Use the @album operator to search for music of a specific album.


@album=Title

@album="Album Title"

@artist

Finds music for a specific artist.

Use the @artist operator to search for music of a specific artist.


@artist=Artist

@artist="Artist Name"

@musicduration

Finds music for a specific duration.

Use the @musicduration operator to search for music of a specific duration. The duration is specified using the S, Seconds, M, Minutes, H or Hours qualifiers.


@musicduration=30s

@musicduration=30 seconds

@musicduration=2 M

@musicduration>2 minutes

@musicduration>=5 M AND @musicduration<=20 minutes

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Video
Example

@videoduration

Finds videos for a specific duration.

Use the @videoduration operator to search for videos of a specific duration. The duration is specified using the S, Seconds, M, Minutes, H or Hours qualifiers.


@videoduration=30s

@videoduration=30 seconds

@videoduration=2 M

@videoduration=2minutes

@videoduration=2h

@videoduration>=2 Hours

@videoresolution

Finds videos for a specific resolution.

Use the @videoresolution operator to search for videos of a specific resolution. The resolution is specified using predefined size resolutions. Qualifiers are: 240, 360, 480, 720, 1080, 4K, 8K.


@videoresolution=1080

@videoresolution>4K

@videoresolution>=720 AND @videoresolution<=1080

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Boolean Operators Translations


English German Chinese Korean Spanish French Italian Japanese Dutch Portuguese Russian
@all @alle @所有 @all @todo @tout @tutto @全て @alles @todos @все
AND UND Y ET E および EN E И
NOT NICHT 제외 NO SAUF NO なし NIET NÃO НЕТ
OR ODER 또는 O OU O または OF OU ИЛИ
NEAR NAHE 附近 근사값 CERCA PRES VICINO 付近 DICHTBIJ PERTO РЯДОМ
EXCEPT AUßER 除外 예외 SALVO EXCLURE ECCETTO 除外 BEHALVE EXCETO КРОМЕ

Categories Operators Translations

English German Chinese Korean Spanish French Italian Japanese Dutch Portuguese Russian
@issubdocument @istunterdokument @是子文档 @issubdocument @esunsubdocumento @estsousdocument @èundocumentosecondario @はサブドキュメントです @issubdocument @éumsubdocumento @являетсяподдокументом
@album @album @专辑 @album @álbum @album @album @アルバム @album @álbum @альбом
@artist @künstler @艺术家 @artist @artista @artiste @artista @アーティスト @artiest @artista @артист
@browser @browser @浏览器 @browser @navegador @navigateur @browser @ブラウザ @browser @navegador @браузер
@category=All @kategorie=Alle @类别=全部 @category=모두 @categoría=Todo @catégorie=Tout @categoria=Tutti @カテゴリー=全て @categorie=Alles @categoria=Todos @категория=Все
@category=Contacts @kategorie=Kontakte @类别=联络人 @category=연락처 @categoría=Contactos @catégorie=Contacts @categoria=Contatti @カテゴリー=コンタクト @categorie=Contactpersonen @categoria=Contatos @категория=Контакты
@category=Emails @kategorie=Emails @类别=电子邮件 @category=이메일 @categoría=Correoselectrónicos @catégorie=Courriels @categoria=Email @カテゴリー=Eメール @categorie=E-mails @categoria=E-mails @категория=Электроннаяпочта
@category=Favorites @kategorie=Favoriten @类别=收藏 @category=즐겨찾기 @categoría=Favoritos @catégorie=Favoris @categoria=Preferiti @カテゴリー=お気に入り @categorie=Favorieten @categoria=Favoritos @категория=Закладки
@category=Files @kategorie=Dateien @类别=文件 @category=파일 @categoría=Archivos @catégorie=Fichiers @categoria=File @カテゴリー=ファイル @categorie=Bestanden @categoria=Arquivos @категория=Файлы
@category=History @kategorie=Verlauf @类别=历史 @category=기록 @categoría=Historial @catégorie=Historique @categoria=Cronologia @カテゴリー=履歴 @categorie=Geschiedenis @categoria=Histórico @категория=История
@category=Music @kategorie=Musik @类别=音乐 @category=음악 @categoría=Música @catégorie=Musique @categoria=Musica @カテゴリー=音楽 @categorie=Muziek @categoria=Música @категория=музыка
@category=Organizer @kategorie=Organisator @类别=整理器 @category=구성도우미 @categoría=Organizador @catégorie=Organiseur @categoria=Organizzatore @カテゴリー=主催者 @categorie=Organisator @categoria=Organizador @категория=Организатор
@category=Pictures @kategorie=Bilder @类别=图片 @category=사진 @categoría=Imágenes @catégorie=Images @categoria=Immagini @カテゴリー=写真 @categorie=Foto's @categoria=Imagens @категория=Изображения
@category=Videos @kategorie=Videos @类别=视频 @category=비디오 @categoría=Videos @catégorie=Vidéos @categoria=Video @カテゴリー=動画 @categorie=Video's @categoria=Vídeos @категория=Видео
@company @unternehmen @公司 @company @empresa @compagnie @azienda @会社 @bedrijf @empresa @компания
@date @datum @日期 @date @fecha @date @data @日付 @datum @data @дата
@emailfolder @emailordner @电子邮件文件夹 @emailfolder @carpetadecorreoelectrónico @dossiercourriel @cartellaemail @Eメールフォルダー @e-mailmap @pastae-mail @папкаemail
@filefolder @dateiordner @文件夹 @filefolder @carpetadearchivo @dossier @fcartellafile @ファイルフォルダー @bestandsmap @pastaarquivo @папкафайла
@filename @dateiname @文件名 @filename @nombredearchivo @fichier @nomedelfile @ファイル名 @bestandsnaam @nomearquivo @имяфайла
@filetype @dateiart @文件类型 @filetype @tipodearchivo @typefichier @tipodelfile @ファイルタイプ @bestandstype @tipoarquivo @типфайла
@from @von @从 @from @de @de @da @送信者 @van @de @от
@genre @genre @类型 @genre @género @genre @genere @ジャンル @genre @gênero @род
@importance @bedeutung @重要性 @importance @importancia @importance @rilevanza @重要性 @belang @importância @важность
@mailer @sender @信封 @mailer @aplicacióndecorreoelectrónico @expéditeur @mailer @メーラー @mailer @mensageiro @mailer
@meetingattendee @besprechungsteilnehmer @会议与会者 @meetingattendee @asistentedereunión @participantréunion @partecipanteallariunione @ミーティング参加者 @vergaderingdeelnemer @participantereunião @участниквстречи
@meetingorganizer @besprechungsorganisator @会议组织者 @meetingorganizer @organizadordereunión @organisateurréunion @organizzatoredellariunione @ミーティング開催者 @vergaderingsorganisator @organizadorreunião @организаторвстречи
@musicduration @musikdauer @音乐持续时间 @musicduration @duracióndemúsica @duréemusique @duratadellamusica @音楽の長さ @muziekduur @duraçãomúsica @продолжительностьмузыки
@name @name @名称 @name @nombre @nom @nome @名称 @naam @nome @имя
@organizertype @terminkalenderart @组织者类型 @organizertype @tipodeorganizador @typeorganiseur @tipodiorganizzatore @開催者タイプ @organisatortype @tipoorganizador @типорганизатора
@pictureresolution @bildauflösung @图片分辨率 @pictureresolution @solucióndeimagen @résolutionimage @risoluzioneimmagine @写真の解像度 @beeldresolutie @resoluçãoimagem @разрешениеизображения
@size @größe @尺寸 @size @tamaño @taille @dimensione @サイズ @grootte @tamanho @размер
@subject @thema @学科 @subject @sujeto @sujet @oggetto @件名 @onderwerp @assunto @тема
@title @titel @标题 @title @título @titre @titolo @タイトル @titel @título @заглавие
@to @an @至 @to @para @per @宛先 @aan @para @для
@videoduration @videodauer @视频持续时间 @videoduration @duracióndevideo @duréevidéo @duratavideo @動画の長さ @videoduur @duraçãovídeo @продолжительностьвидео
@videoresolution @videoauflösung @视频分辨率 @videoresolution @resolucióndevideo @résolutionvidéo @risoluzionevideo @動画の解像度 @videoresolutie @resoluçãovídeo @разрешениевидео
@website @website @网站 @website @SitioWeb @siteweb @sitoweb @ウェブサイト @website @site @вебсайт
@hassubdocument @hatunterdokument @有子文档 @hassubdocument @tienesubdocumento @contientsousdocument @haundocumentosecondario @サブドキュメントがあります @heeftsubdocument @temumsubdocumento @имеетподдокумент

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Refine a search with advanced fields

    • Create a simple search.
    • In the Refine Search section, type keywords in the desired text boxes. You can use search operators, such as Boolean operators, parentheses and quotation marks, or select parameters in the available drop-down lists.
    • Click the Search or hit the Enter key.
Advanced search fields Description Applies to
Date

Find items that were created or modified: Today, Yesterday, This week, This month , This year.

Is (specify a date): Finds files that were created or modified on the specified date.
After (specify a date): Finds files that were created or modified after the specified date.
Before (specify a date): Finds files that were created or modified before the specified date.
Between (specify two dates): Finds files that were created or modified between the two specified dates.
Last (Insert a number of: days, weeks, months or years): Finds files that were created or modified last day, weeks, months or years.

Note: The default choice Any means that the date is not a filtering factor .

All (Default), Files, Emails, Organizer, History, Favorites, Pictures, Music, Videos.
Filename Finds documents containing the specified keywords in the file name field. All (Default), Files, Emails, Organizer, Pictures, Music, Videos
System folder

Type the complete path or browse to the selected folder.

Finds files that are located in the selected folder. The default choice Any means that the location is not a filtering factor.

NOTE: By default, the search is performed on any part of the system folder path. If you want to search for a specific path, you need to uses the quotation marks ".

All (Default), Files, Pictures, Music, Videos
Sub-Documents

Find items containing or that are contained in sub-documents.

Documents parents only: Finds items that are not sub-documents and that doesn't contains sub-documents.
Sub-documents only: Find only items that are sub-documents. Parent items will not be returns with this option.
Containing sub-documents: Find items that contains sub-documents and are sub-documents. Parent and sub-documents items will be returns.
Any, Files, Emails, Organizer
File type

To find documents of a specific file format, click the desired format in the list or type the extension in the text box.

The default choice (Empty) means that the file type is not a filtering factor.

Note: To search for custom file format, you can type the desired file extension in directly in the refine box (Ex: .txt).

Any, Files, Emails, Organizer, Pictures, Music, Videos
File size
(Empty): Finds any file irrespective of the file size.
Small (< 100 KB): Finds files that are less than 100 KB.
Medium (100 KB - 1 MB): Finds files that are at least 100 KB but less than 1 MB.
Large (> 1 MB): Finds files that are more than 1 MB.
Specify custom size: Finds files that are at least or at most the specified number of Bytes, KB, MB or GB.
Any, Files, Emails, Organizer, Pictures, Music, Videos
From

Find email messages sent from a specific person or group.

Any, Emails
To

Find email messages sent to a specific person or group.

Any, Emails
Subject

Finds email messages containing the specified keywords in the Subject field.

Any, Emails, Organizer
Importance

Finds email messages that are tagged as Low, Normalor High priority, depending on your selection.

The default (Empty) choice means that the Importance field is not a filtering factor.

Any, Emails, Organizer
Email folder

Finds email messages that are located in the selected folder. The default choice (Empty) means that the location is not a filtering factor.

Any, Emails, Organizer
Name

Finds contacts containing the specified keywords in the Name field.

Any, Contacts
Company

Finds contacts containing the specified keywords in the Company field.

Any, Contacts
Organizer

Finds organizer items with the specified person as meeting principal organizer.

Any, Organizer
Attendee

Find organizer items with containing the specified contact as attendee.

Any, Organizer
Organizer type
(Empty): Finds all elements in this category.
Meetings: Finds all meetings.
Tasks: Finds all tasks.
Notes: Finds all notes.
Any, Organizer
Site

Finds browser items containing the specified keyword in the name of the page.

Any, History, Favorites
Browser
Find browser items contains inside a specific Web browser program.

(Empty): Find all elements in this category.
Firefox: Find all items contains in Mozilla Firefox browser.
Google Chrome: Find all items contains in Google Chrome browser.
Internet Explorer: Find all items contains in Internet Explorer browser.

Any, History, Favorites
(Pictures) Size
(Empty): Finds any video file irrespective of the file size.
Small: Finds pictures files smaller than 4 Mega Pixels.
Medium: Finds pictures files that are at least 4 Mega Pixels but less than 8 Mega Pixels.
Large: Finds pictures files that are at least 8 Mega Pixels but less than 12 Mega Pixels.
Very large: Finds pictures files that at least 12 Mega Pixels.
Any, Pictures
Title

Finds music files containing the specified keywords in the Title field.

Any, Music, Videos
Artist

Finds music files containing the specified keywords in the Artist field.

Any, Music, Videos
Album

Finds music files containing the specified keywords in the Album field.

Any, Music
Genre

Finds music files containing the specified keywords in the Genre field.

Any, Music, Videos
(Music) Duration (Empty): Find music files irrespective of the length.
Less than 30 seconds: Find music files that are shorter than 30 sec.
Between 30 seconds and 1 minute: Find music files that are between 30 sec and 1 min.
Between 1 and 2 minutes: Find music files that are between 1 min and 2 min.
Between 2 and 3 minutes: Find music files that are between 2 minand 3 min.
Between 3 and 4 minutes: Find music files that are between 3 min and 4 min.
Between 4 and 5 minutes: Find music files that are between 4 min and 5 min.
More than 5 minutes: Find music files that are longer than 5 min.
Any, Music
(Videos) Duration
(Empty): Find video files irrespective of the length.
Less than 5 minutes: Find video files that are shorter than 5 min.
Between 5 and 20 minutes: Find video files that are between 5 min and 20 min.
Between 20 and 40 minutes: Find video files that are between 20 min and 40 min.
Between 40 and 80 minutes: Find video files that are between 40 min and 80 min.
More than 80 minutes: Find music files that are longer than 80 min.
Any, Videos
(Videos) Size
(Empty): Find video files irrespective of file dimension
Small: Find videos that are smaller than 480 pixels.
Medium: Find videos that are equal to 480 or small than 1080 pixels.
Large: Find videos that are equal to 1080 or small than 4K pixels.
Extra large: Find videos that are equals or larger than 4K pixels.
Any, Videos

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Create a simple search

    • Open Copernic Desktop Search.
    • Chose the search category by clicking the corresponding button on the Categories toolbar.
    • Type the keywords in the Search text box Search Box.
    • Click on Search or hit the Enter key.

Tip: You can also use search operators, such as Boolean operators, parentheses and quotation marks to refine your query.

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