You can use this simple trick to select files easily using a pattern:
To do so, you need to invoke the Select Items Matching window from within Nautilus by pressing Ctrl+S. Using this window, you can input a pattern that consists of two parts:
- The search term (common parts of the file names).
- Wild card characters.
The wild card characters available are:
* to search for any number of characters.
? to search for a predefined number of characters.
To select all the files that have the same prefix regardless of their extensions, use this pattern:
This pattern will select all the files that have the string
PREFIX in their file names like:
PREFIX.png and so on.
If you have a list of photos that are named like:
Photo-03-22-2012.jpg, you can select them all using this pattern: