I often need to search a large network drive for a filename (or part of) and it would speed up greatly if I could NOT search one particularly large directory that is used for day to day stuff. The directory I don't want to search is system generated and cannot be moved. Anyone know whether I can exclude a directory in the standard xp file search, or is there a freebie that will do it. Bear in mind it is on a network drive. Thanks for any help. Regards. Bill.