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Hi all,
I'm trying to find the full path of a file. My goal is to open that file with Word.
I only know part of the path and part of filename.

As an example:


x,y,z = something I don't know
X,Y,Z = something I know

I can obtain the full path with a simple DOS command:

dir /b/s "C:\XXX\YYY\*ZZZ*"

I've tryed to use the same filter with FileFindFirstFile() but it doesn't work. It returns -1.
It seems that I need the complete path before the filename and I can't use more that one wildcard in the file name itself.

Is there another way to use FileFindFirstFile()?
Or, is there a way to execute DOS command and read/take the result?



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Welcome to the AutoIt forums.

This should do what you want:

#include <File.au3>
#include <Array.au3> ; Just for final display

$aFiles = _FileListToArrayRec("C:\XXX\YYY", "*ZZZ*.docx", $FLTAR_FILES, $FLTAR_RECUR)

_ArrayDisplay($aFiles, "", Default, 8)

Please ask if you have any questions.


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