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Posted on 2008-06-12
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I would like to have a program which will search for a particular word through a series of files within a folder. For example: in the folder
"main" are multiple files "*.xxx" which contain information. I would like to search these files for a particular word or statement automatically, without having to search each one at a time (manual mode).
Is there a utility which can do that?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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If select search in Windows you can select all files you have the option to search for a word in a file.
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by:bluefezteam
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The latest versions of Windows can do this under the SEARCH option, it can scan for file names AND for items in a document.

Select the folder/drives you want to scan and define the search term, it will bring back all matching results.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Didn't I say that already?
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by:pajama01504
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Well, I set up a test using Windows search. I know of a particular word in a particular file in a particular folder, and it was not found...so I need something that works...(better) PM
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Everytime I use this I have no problems. Honestly I have know idea any other service that would do this because I use the Search within Windows. Which OS do you have?

Are you going to Start then Search.
All Files and Folders
Then typing the word in at "A word or Phrase in the file"
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by:pajama01504
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I am using XP service pack 2...and yes, I search as you said....I even went as far as entering the exact file, and it came back as "not found"...
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Where is the file located? Are you selecting the drive when you do the search? The search will bring the C: drive up has the default search.
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by:pajama01504
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The file is in a subfolder, which I specify in the search....so my next stsement is: perhaps the search does not work across all file extensions...
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by:Darius Ghassem
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The searches I do are for doc, xls, ppt, text, and office product extensions. So, no it mostly likely wouldn't look up a work in some of the file extensions.
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by:pajama01504
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Well, in that case I am looking for a 3rd party search device...that will search for a word across different files (extensions)...these files can generally be read by simple editors such as "notepad"...
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I tested the "Sowsoft" tool...it works!
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