This has been asked several times but never answered as far as I can tell. What is the syntax for excluding all folders matching a criteria. The use case is if you are using a CM tool like subversion, your working copy will have .svn folders that you want to exclude. The previous suggestions of 1. Specify the absolute path to the folder or 2. Deselect the folders from the backup aren't practical given the number of the folders and the number of places thay can be found. Is there a way to specify a folder exclusion critiera? I treid /.svn/ and it didn't work. I can do this with DOS xcopy with that exact syntax.