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I am using Windows Explorer to search a very big volume for files with a specific file extension.  I am looking for a tool which allows me to export the searched result file paths of the files.

Would someone please recommend a tool to use?

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by:LeeTutor
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Well, you can always save the search itself as explained on this page:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5316/how-to-save-searches-in-windows-7/

As for saving the search results, take a look at this page:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/pl-PL/w7itproui/thread/882aa170-e2e6-4a9e-b9b3-32a710fdef43
Save/Export search results
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by:LeeTutor
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Or maybe this page will be of help as far as saving search results (it's written for Windows Vista, but applies to Windows 7 also):

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/print-search-results-in-windows-vista/
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First create a index from command line (only good practice if the files are not being copied/movied  changing frequently)

dir /s /b >C:\dirlist.txt

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Then when  you want to serach for the file do as below.


findstr /i "Filename_or_Partoffilename" C:\dirlist.txt

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It will return the full path of all the mathed files.. You can copy the output from the command console or may be you can add >output.txt at the end to redirect the output directly to a text file.

Making index in first step is will make the serach superfast.. You can always re create the index by running the first command
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by:Merete
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To give you more options here's a  good free tool
Seeker
http://www.veign.com/application.php?appid=104
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nav2567, any feedback?
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Thanks.
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