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I needed to find a very specific phrase from a document which I could not remember where it was located.
please help how to do it? or if there is any thired party software which can handle this search better than windows 7.
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by:Ernie Beek
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I agree, but I don't expect to get any points for that :-)

check this link: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_25275895.html
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by:bz43
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I don't think Windows 7 Search is adequate or as easy as Microsoft says it is.  For one, you might need to set Windows 7 Search options in multiple places.  Or, I might just have no clue how to set it up correctly.  But, here goes with my 3 step process.

Keep in mind that indexing can take multiple hours.
 
One: For this option see the picture I include below.  You need to open Windows Explorer and Right Click the drives you want indexed.  So, right click the drive and then make sure to put a check mark in the box for "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties".  Prepare to wait.  Even when it looks like it's finished it will probably still be indexing.  

Two: Open Control Panel and click "Indexing Options".  
- At the top it will tell you a status of items indexed and if it's complete it will say "Indexing complete".  
- Click "Advanced".
- Select the tab for "File Types".  
- Select all the file types you want indexed by checking the box next to each extension.  
- Then select "Index Properties and File Contents".
- Click OK.

Three: Still in "Indexing Options" click "Modify".
- Put a "check" mark for each location you want indexed.
- Click "OK" and prepare to wait as indexing takes place.

That should do it.  There is redundancy in my instructions and I could be completely incorrect.

Note about searching contents of PDF files: if you are searching for content inside of a PDF file you will need to install a filter.  Adobe has a filter that comes with Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat and you can read about it here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2611&promoid=GYUNB "

Or you can get a filter from Foxit at " http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/ifilter/ "
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by:tzuhsun
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First of all I agree Windows 7 search is sucks.

Try use this 3rd party free software to search;

Super Finder XT

Goto download and get Super Finder XT  1.6.2.1 for yourself.
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by:reoroman
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Super Finder XT is bad, i try it.

all above searxh software that mentiondin  http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_25275895.html  is bad also.

many thanks to nobu, it realy works for me.
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by:nobus
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tx for the feedback - you made my "rainy" day !
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