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How Do I Find and Delete Files of a Certain Type? [Ask Lifehacker]

15 Apr/09

Dear Lifehacker: A program created data files for every song in my collection. No problem, right? Except my music is spread across nested folders on multiple drives. Know a program that bulk-deletes certain file types? Sincerely, ScatteredTunes Dear ScatteredTunes, Depending on which system you’re using, it’s either a few clicks, a (very) small software download, or a tiny bit of command line jujitsu to chop out a certain perfunctory file type across all your storage. If you’re using Windows XP, you could, theoretically, use the built-in search function—you know, the one with the adorable, yippy dog!—and ask it to look for your file type across all your Windows-recognized storage. If your music-profile app left behind files like Mr_Roboto.PITA (PITA being short for, of course, Pain in the Ashtabula), you’d choose to search “All files and folders,” and look for *.PITA. But the built-in search takes quite some time, and you’re better off using a quick search tool. One of our favorites? Everything . As pictured at right, you’d load either its installed or portable version on your system, search for *.PITA, and when it’s done its job in just a few seconds, hit Ctrl-A to select everything, right-click on the selected files, then hit delete to finish them off. Windows Vista (and XP with the optional Windows Search 4.0 installed) offer a bit more built-in power


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