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Version 4: the future

Major new tools, significant upgrades to current components and faster folder listings.

  • Find and rename problem files: bad paths, illegal characters, Linux & iOS (Mac) characters.
  • Check files and folders for compliance with different file systems e.g., NTFS, Fat-16, Fat-32, eFat, CDs, iOS, Linux and custom.
    Know if the files are right before you copy.
  • Delete files no matter their length or how they are named.
  • Powerful renaming with RegEx e.g. change 'Romeo Smith' into 'Smith, Romeo' and much more.
  • Lightening fast directory listing no matter how large the folder.
  • Detailed reports for copy errors.
  • Variable text size for views and dialogs.
  • and many more improvements and fixes..


See the V4 preview here.

Update May 2017

A May 2017 Microsft security update for Windows 10 conflicted with a major routine in FileBoss resulting in FileBoss not starting on some Windows 10 systems.

Versions V3.101 and later, fix the problem. You can read more about this at the page
Windows Creators Conflict.


Finding Files by Attributes

Open the Find by Attributes dialog

Menu item for finding old files

  • Select Find | Files by Attributes... or (Alt+I,A) from the main menu to open the dialog where you can specify exactly which files you want to find.
  • If one or more folders are selected they will be automatically entered into the Paths filed of the dialog when it opens
  • FileBoss remembers what has been searched in the past even when it has been closed and then started again so you can always select a previous entry using the drop down list.

Specify what you want to find 

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  • Select the drives or paths you want to check. Multiple paths are separated with the semi-colon (;), comma (,) or bar character (|). You can even specify folders to exclude by preceding the name with a minus sign. For complete details right-click the field in the program.
  • Click OK to search and create a Virtual Folder of all matching files

Searching for NTFS Attributes

This is an advanced function. If you are looking for files with particular NTFS Attributes click the Show MTFS Attributes button to expand the dialog. NTFS Advanced attributes are Temporary, Offline, Mounted, Not Indexed, Compressed, Encrypted and Sparse.

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Find files by NTFS Attributes 

Hint: You can limit your search (and thus speed it up and make its results more meaningful) by specifying one or more folders to search instead of just a whole drive. You can also, in the Patterns field, specify only certain files to search file such as *.doc ; *.jpg ; *.jpeg ; *.html ; *.htm.


More about entering multiple paths and patterns


Both the paths and file patterns fields can accept either simple entries, e.g.

C\Data\My Data and *.bmp or very complex strings that specify not only what to include but also what to exclude from a, most typically, search.

For instance both can specify multiple objects such as

C\Data\My Data ; D:\Backup\MyData


*.bmp ; *.gif ; *.png ; *.jpeg ; *.jpg 

For a complete description of these fields either right-click the mouse over the fields for context help from within FileBoss or see Advanced Paths & Patterns.

Sorting by File Attributes

(A column that displays file attributes is present by default but if it is turned off you can turn it back on using the following procedure. Attributes are displayed as A, S, H, and R.)

  • This works the same in both Explore Views and Virtual File Sets.
  • Move the mouse over the column headers (the column headers are at the top of the Contents Window and have titles like Filename, Ext and Size.)
  • Right-click the to display a list of columns that can be displayed
  • Check the box next to Attributes.
  • Click the Close Menu button.

Hint: You can change the order of the columns by clicking a header with the left mouse button and, while holding the mouse button down, dragging the column to its new location.

Sorting by File Attributes

Click on the Attributes column header. To reverse the sort click the column header again.