Search sub-folder

I want to search current including is sub-folders for any file that is having one specific text inside. how?
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAsked:
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
On windows 2003 server
Use a third party program like Notepad++ which has the feature to search files.
Find in Files
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I mean I want to search all files and all other files within sub-folders, to find out any files, having one specific text portion. How?
My answer will do what you have asked - it will find and display every file within the subfolder c:\temp containing the text "TextToFind".

If you just need the list of files as a result - then a different solution needs to be found
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
within Win 2003 server now, how can I call Notepad++?
Notepad++ is a third party program.  You can download it from

There is no cost to use it.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Other than using Notepad++, is there any other way to search, for what I expect?
Unfortuantely the only method I can think of that does not require 3rd party application is the search built into Windows Explorer (installed via KB940157).  Once installed, you can index the drive which contains the files you wish to search, and once the search indexing is finished (will take some time), you can attempt a search.

The only reason I have not mentioned this before is because I could never use this tool to find the stuff I needed.  I have often had to search for parts of pascal source code inside some of my files, and never got relevant results.  It didn't work for me, but your results may be different.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
I know "find" is having no way to search sub-folders for one specific text portion among the files. is it really no way to do the search, as I do not want to set up Notepad++ on this PROD server, that is out of support now.
Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:
Are you searching for a specific text string within the name of the file, or within the file itself?
Nirmalan NagenthiranSoftware EngineerCommented:
You can search with "Harddisk Search & Stats" tool, it's a portable version, so you don't need to install it in your production environment. It's a very powerful search tool.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
I have been using xSearch for almost a decade to do exactly what you want to do:
If you download the zip file and extract it, there is no installation necessary.

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Bill BachPresident and Btrieve GuruCommented:
I have also been using a tool written many years ago called GREP32. It is just an exe file that needs no installation, and it can search for text inside files case sensitive or not, binary or text, and it can display only file names or it can display line numbers if needed.
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