Windows 8 file search categories



  • Windows 8 has a nice feature where file search results are grouped into helpful categories.

    Or so it would appear, until you realise that a lot of file types don't actually work with it. For example, foobar2000 doesn't file Impulse Tracker modules under Music, and Inkscape doesn't file SVG documents under either Documents or Images (and depending on whether you collect them, or create them, it could be either, which is a curious problem).

    Am I the only person frustrated by having to trawl through the seemingly randomly-arranged All category to find something that should be under one of the other categories?

    I've been trying to find out how you're supposed to alter a file type's definition (e.g. PerceivedType, but that seems to be obsolete, and defined in contradiction to how it's used) to alter the classification, but I've not found even a hint of a suggestion that it's possible to categorise results by file type.

    At least something has fixed the bug where search results from Thunderbird e-mail messages did nothing when clicked.

    (Edit: It looks like this categorisation pre-dates 😎



  • Wait, what?

    This topic was apparently posted 10 hours ago, according to Google search.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Daniel Beardsmore said:

    Or so it would appear, until you realise that a lot of file types don't actually work with it. For example, foobar2000 doesn't file Impulse Tracker modules under Music, and Inkscape doesn't file SVG documents under either Documents or Images (and depending on whether you collect them, or create them, it could be either, which is a curious problem).
    Could it be sorted by MIME major type, with some detection of specific minor types? If so, that would be actually a non-WTF (and would also explain SVG being weird, which is its own special WTF)…



  • I never said it was a WTF, only that (as usual) I appear to be the only person on the planet who's ever thought about it, and since I'm not a genius, I must be a madman.

    .svg has a content type of image/svg+xml set, but the files are not classed as images. (Now that might be a WTF — why would you set content type for a file extension (e.g. .svg) and not a file type (in this case, svgfile)? File type definitions are a rabbit hole of weird, which is what makes my original question so difficult. Details about a file type can be pulled from many places.)


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