# Getting to a file easily/quickly in blender's file browser

I have become used to the convenience of the following when searching for and opening a file in Windows (7)

• Start typing the name of the file into an edit box and have files beginning with the same characters start showing up as a list underneath
• Type part of the file name wrapped in asterisks (like *orange_tex*), press enter, and have the list of files filtered based on that wildcard.

But I find that Blender's file browsing page (the page you're on if your loading a texture into your scene, for example) is difficult to use if you're in a directory with a large number of files in it. You kind of have to know the full name of the file or sort by file name alphabetically and scan visually for it.

So I am wondering if there is actually something built into this file browser that I'm not aware of that will make it easier to find a particular file quickly within a large list. Does anyone know of such a thing?

Blender's file selector doesn't support this kind of filtering, but since you ask this question, here is some related functionality.

1. You can use Tab to auto-complete when typing a file name as you would in a shell..

2. You can also filter files by typing wildcards into the filename field *. followed by an extension eg foo*.blend, project*.*. When you press Enter, this will highlight all files with the extension in the current directory. (you can use A to clear the highlighting).

3. When opening files, you can use the filters available in the header to help narrow your search etc..