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How to search within files using vista

How do I perform an advanced search for files in Microsoft vista? For example I would like to search all .doc files for the words "Adroid"

I can see the search box that is displayed right above the start button when it is pressed. Also in the upper right hand corner of the scree in file explorer there is a search box. But I can not see how to perform and advanced search.

I did a search on google, and some people were asking the same question. Some people mentioned a drop down arrow below the search box, but I don't see it on my computer.

Can someone help me?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look in Conrol Panel -> Indexing Options. Look through these options to make sure the folder you want is in the index and to see if the .DOC file type is checked in Advanced -> File types. Vista will normally search .DOC files for content by default.

In the Search Window, look at the Advanced Search and click the down arrow and an Advanced Search Window opens.
... Thinkpads_User
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brgdotnetAuthor Commented:
I don't see the "Indexing Options" feature you are referring to?
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You have to use the Classic menu (link in the left pane) of Control Panel to see Indexing Options in the list.

As for how to use Advanced Search in Vista, see this illustrated tutorial:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/75451-advanced-search.html

If you cannot see the screenshots in the tutorial above, just find the link for becoming a member of the forum and use it to join -- it's free.
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brgdotnetAuthor Commented:
I appreciate you gentlemen helping me. I see the advanced search window now, but I don't see an option that will allow me to search within a file of a certain type. So if I wanted to search all of my .txt files for the words "Vista Is A Nightmare".


How would I do that" Attached is a screen snapshot of what I am currently seeing.
vistaSearch.jpg
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Ok, now you have to go into Indexing options and make sure of two things:
1. That the file type is checked (enabled) in the Advanced File View window, and
2. The folder you are searching in is in the index list in the main window.

Vista indexes DOC, XLS, TXT and other files by default and unless you changed that, it should find things. You may, however, have located you fiiles somewhere else, or have not indexed your files.

I have Vista search running as I write this, and it finds content in text and word files just fine, so do work through the indexing options carefully. It may be worthwhile to rebuild your index (make sure you can leave your machine running for a couple of hours when you do this). I change file structures often enough that I rebuild my complete index every month or two.

... Thinkpads_User
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brgdotnetAuthor Commented:
I so appreciate your help and patience sir! I did what you said, but Iin the advanced search window I posted, I don't see a text box that will allow me to search for a string in a file?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What you showed us here was the Advanced Search application. My last post dealt with going into Control Panel and setting the Search Options. This is a different thing. Follow the post about Control Panel and do let us know. ... Thinkpads_User
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You just type the string you're searching for in the search box at the top right of the window.
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brgdotnetAuthor Commented:
I am sure you guys are right on. I am just feeling this incredible frustration with Vista Search. I really think Microsoft screwed up the whole search process. Anyway, just my oppinion. Because I loved the search feature in every OS since DOS command line, right up to XP.

Anyway, you get the points. Thanks.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I hope you make some progress here. The Vista search works well and fast. It leaves out content in PDF files which can be fixed with a free add-on from FoxIT. Good luck.
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