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Find Similar Files and Similar File Names

Find Similar Files

Find Similar Files

The problem behind finding similar files

The process of finding similar files or similar file names is much more complicated than finding duplicate files.  Most duplicate file finders that analyze file content and do not rely on file dates or sizes will find duplicate files easily, while rarely duplicate file finders include features for finding similar items. The problem is that there are billions of file formats that a tool should support in order to be able to open and compare them. That is why there are dedicated duplicate mp3 finder and duplicate image finder applications. The process behind finding similar file names is not quite easy too. Finding file names that contain certain word can be easy, but finding ones that contain two or more words not in the same order can be tricky.

Solution for finding files with similar names and files with similar content

Fast Duplicate File Finder is a popular FREE tool developed by MindGems Inc. It is well known for its accurate results and outstanding performance. Along with the duplicate finding features,  there is an option for finding similar files or similar file names. This works by specifying a percentage of similarity that will be used as a threshold. FDFF differs from the common duplicate finders that claim to utilize fuzzy search or the so called fuzzy matching. While a fuzzy match will rarely reveal proper results FDFF can find similar files even if the data inside is scrambled. If two text files for example contain the same text with scrambled paragraphs or slightly edited sentences they still will be matched and displayed as duplicates in the results list with information regarding the percentage of similarity between the two files. FDFF is free and can be downloaded here: Duplicate File Finder

Find Similar Files

Find Similar Files

Windows 8 Duplicate File Finder – Can Find Similar File Names Too

Free Duplicate File Finder

Free Duplicate File Finder

Windows 8 Duplicate File Finder

Version 3.5.0.1 of Fast Duplicate File Finder is released and available for download. Along with all the new features the new version provides improved support for the Windows 8 operating system.
A major new feature in this release is the option to find duplicate or similar file names. Such feature is handy for identifying copies of the files with appended numbers or letters in order to denote versions. The “Similar File Names” mode will list for example all files named “My CV.doc”, “My CV 2.doc”, “My CV 2012.doc” and so on. You can control how close the matched names should be by specifying the similarity percent. Usually a setting of 95% works quite well.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder

Another important option is added to the filter where now you can not only exclude certain types of files, but also include them . The new version will let you scan for example only for certain types of files like “*.jpg”, “*.exe” or a combination of them. There are also plenty of other filtering options that you can choose from.

Duplicate File Finder Filter Options

Duplicate File Finder Filter Options

A lot of new features are included in this new release. One of them requested by our users is the “Check all except first in group” which is now available in the “Quick Check” dialog.  A warning dialog is now displayed if you try to delete all the items in a duplicate group and it can be turned off via the application settings. Enhancements in the “Browse for folder” dialog will let you navigate to a location by pasting a path in the newly added location field. You can also easily copy the path of the selected folder.

Project loading time is improved and file dates are now stored in the project file. You can easier review your projects on another machine.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder

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