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Search for pdf with specific title and move to a different location on my PC with matlab

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Nathaniel Werner
Nathaniel Werner on 22 Jan 2018
Edited: Guillaume on 23 Jan 2018
Hello,
I have a folder, let's say 'C:\directory', with a large number of PDF files in it. This folder also houses my matlab code that I am working on. Some of them have the same first few letters, let's say 'abcd' in their titles, while others don't. I want to locate the PDF files with the repeated text in their titles and move them to a new folder, let's say 'C:\directory2'. How can I do this easily, preferably using some combination of ifs and loops? Also, the repeated text will only be at the very beginning of the PDF's titles, not somewhere in the middle if that makes it any easier.
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Nathaniel Werner
Nathaniel Werner on 23 Jan 2018
Hi, sorry, I corrected that so that title is the only term used. The word title here means the file name of the PDF. I'm looking to identify and relocate individual PDF files based on a few characters in their title.

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Guillaume
Guillaume on 23 Jan 2018
The word title here means the file name of the PDF. I'm looking to identify and relocate individual PDF files based on a few characters in their title.
In that case, isn't it just:
files = dir(fullfile('c:\somepath\', '*abc*.pdf'));
arrayfun(@(file) movefile(fullfile(file.folder, file.name), fullfile('c:\someotherpath', file.name)), files);
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Guillaume
Guillaume on 23 Jan 2018
fullfile is used to build paths from various components. If you're not using fullfile for anything that involve files then you're using an unreliable method: either relying on the current folder, using cd, or building paths by string manipulation.
In my answer, I use fullfile to prepend the folder name to the pattern abc.pdf, then pass that to dir which searches for all files that conform to the pattern in the required folder.
And as Stephen says, if your roundabout way is more than the two lines I've written, then it's clearly not as efficient.

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