O&O Defrag 20 Product manual

O&O Defrag 20 
Notation for rules

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In the following chart, you can find the correct syntax and examples for user defined rules to help you influence zone filing.

If you want to work on a file, then enter the absolute path.

Example: c:\windows\explorer.exe - only this file is worked on

If you want to capture all of a folder’s sub- entries (files and sub- folders) by a rule, the rule expression needs to end with "\*".

Example: c:\windows\system32\*

If only one folder without sub folder should be captured, then enter it without an expression:

Example: c:\windows\system32

If you want to move all files of a certain type to one zone, enter a star before the file ending.

Example: *.omg includes all files and folders ending in .omg. The star jumps over a number of symbols and searches for the expression which is located behind it.

Only files with a certain characteristic in their name and with the exact file ending are supposed to be captured.

Example: *test*123*.txt includes all text files which contain a "test" and "123" in their name. This means for example: test123.txt (the star can only jump over zeros) or also xtestyz123abc.txt.

Files can also be approached that are not constrained by where they are stored in a drive.

Example: The rule \file.txt finds all files which are called file.txt, and lie in the root directory of any drive. If no drive letter is given and the rule starts with a backslash, a path is intended that is independent from the drive on which the file it is located.

If you want to include all sub-folders of a folder, use the backslash in the beginning and at the end of the folder name and the star.

Example: \windows\* all sub-entries of all Windows folders on all hard disks

Further examples:

c:\hall?.txt - Here the question mark is any (not empty) symbol. It is also possible to cover c:\hallo.txt and c:\halli.txt or also c:\hall8.txt.

Create new rule

Create new rule