Tools to search for text in doc or xls : old Win explorer used to be able to search

I recall in the days of Win XP or Win2000, I could use Win Explorer to search for MSWord or MSExcel files in a folder (or even subfolder) for a certain string/text.
If this feature still available for Win 7 & Win 10?

If not available anymore, suggest any freeware tool that could do this
sunhuxAsked:
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Just get Agent Ranshack and end all your problems with searching
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Try EVERYTHING
It's freeware with no spyware/adware.

From the FAQ
Does Everything search file contents?

Yes, "Everything" can search file content with the content: search function.
File content is not indexed, searching content is slow.
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MacroShadowCommented:
+1 for Everything
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arnoldCommented:
yes, You still can, but the newer, under the search menu, there is an advanced option,where you need to switch from system files, to file contents.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
>  but the newer, under the search menu, there is an advanced option,where you need to switch from system files, to file contents
Can share a screen shot where this can be located?

Thanks John & Eirman: I'll check if I have permission to install opensource
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arnoldCommented:
open folder where you want to search, hit ctrl-F or F3
a Search menu will be displayed with the advanced options.
I think you are trying to find it in the quick search box ...
Folder view after hitting ctrl-F or F3
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Thanks Arnold, I got to the screen you showed above;  where do I enter the search string?
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Under "Advanced Option", I've checked/selected "File Contents" but nowhere could I locate where to enter the search text
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MacroShadowCommented:
Now just use the regular search bar.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Now just use the regular search bar
Correct


I also noticed that if you do a regular file name search and then check an advanced option,
it automatically runs the search again.
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arnoldCommented:
The change affects the behavior of the search box. you enter the string in the same location.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Refer to attached screen:  I got nothing returned for the search string "NC" though this string is certainly found in a few of the files under c:\ht\... folder.  What did I miss?

I click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left of my Win10 desktop
search_scr.JPG
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Will help if someone post a screen of where to enter the search string.  I'm not savvy with Windows;  I'm on Win10
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Using Windows 10
F3 >- Advanced Options > File Contents Option selected.
Search the name and contents of All Files & sub-folders the Folder WORD for the word paul

Search-For-Paul-In-Word.jpg
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