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The XP search function at Start > Search > Files or Folders lets you select Documents and then lets you enter a phrase to search for.  But this doesn't seem to work if the phrase is in a docx file.  Is there any way to search docx files for phrase? The standard search seems to only look in doc files.

Thanks for any information.
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What version of microsoft office you have? docx file seems to be version 2008.
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If you're using Office XP (aka Office 2002) or Office 2003 you can update them to read/write/edit the Office 2007 file formats with the free Office Compatibility Pack:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

I'm not sure whether or not this will add the .docx format to the search function -- but if anything will this is probably it.

If that doesn't do the trick, your alternatives are basically to use a 3rd party search utility that reads .docx files;  or to convert your .docx files to .doc files [There are utilities that will do this in batch mode;  or you can simply open them and re-save them as .doc files in Word].


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First, sorry for the delay.  Somehow I missed the emails that Experts Exchange normally sends when someone responds.  

Punky:  I'm running Word 2007.

gartycase:  I'm not using Office.  Plus, the serach function doesn't seem to be connected to Office since it will find any file names.  Regarding 3rd party search utilities, can you suggest a couple?  Converting the docx to doc isn't really an option for me because I'm too attached to the special features the docx files permit.

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File Locator Pro is an excellent search utility (MUCH nicer than the built-in search in XP) ... and works just fine with .DOCX files.   You just have to check the 'DOCX' checkbox in the File Type Extensions tab.

Not free, but reasonably priced -- and a 30-day fully-functional trial period, so you can give it a try before deciding whether to buy it.

http://www.mythicsoft.com/Page.aspx?type=filelocatorpro&page=home
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2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-
CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en

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Windows Search 4.0

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940157

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Successful searching through Office 2007 files FOR FREE

Reference source:
http://liveside.net/main/archive/2008/10/21/search-within-office-2007-documents-filter-pack-for-windows-search.aspx
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Thanks guys.

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