Excluding Specific Subdirectories from Search Process

Sometimes, it may be required to exclude one or more subdirectories from the file search process. In order to add one or more directories to the exclude list, open the search profile dialog, select the 'Exclude' tab and press the 'Add' button located on the right side of the dialog.

File Search Exclude Directories

Directories added to the exclude list will be excluded recursively including all files and subdirectories. In order to remove a directory from the exclude list, select the required directory and press the 'Delete' button. In addition, advanced users are provided with a number of exclude directories macro commands allowing one to exclude multiple directories using a single macro command.

VX Search provides the following exclude directories macro commands:

  • $BEGINS <Text String> - this macro command excludes all directories beginning with the specified text string.
  • $CONTAINS <Text String> - this macro command excludes all directories containing the specified text string.
  • $ENDS <Text String> - this macro command excludes directories ending with the specified text string.
  • $REGEX <Regular Expression> - this macro command excludes all directories matching the specified regular expression.

For example, the exclude macro command '$CONTAINS Temporary Files' will exclude all directories with 'Temporary Files' at any place in the full directory path and the exclude macro command '$REGEX \.(TMP|TEMP)$' will exclude all directories ending with '.TMP' or '.TEMP'.