Text search tools of PDF n Word files

I have a bunch of scanned (and OCR'ed) PDF and Word files : I need freeware tools that cud search (for case sensitive+non Sensitive) strings of text using AND & OR operands .

Appreciate a few free tools
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
I normally approach this by converting the PDF files to text + then using command line tools for searching.

The following works very well for PDF files...

pdftotext -enc ASCII7 -nopgbrk -layout '$in.pdf' > in.txt

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To convert PDF + DOC files (and many other formats), you can also use...

libreoffice --headless options files

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which provides a single tool for all your conversions.
is this acceptable?    see : https://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-search-for-text-inside-multiple-pdf-files-at-once/
How to Search for Text Inside Multiple PDF Files at Once
To use the advanced PDF search option, you can choose Advanced Search from the Edit drop down menu or press SHIFT + CTRL + F. ...
Browse to the folder where all of your PDF documents are stored and then choose the options for the search. ...
Click Search and all PDFs under the current folder will be scanned for your term.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a bunch of scanned (and OCR'ed) PDF and Word files

Make sure in Indexing options that you have selected Content in the file search options.
Then Windows Search should find what you are looking for.
NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
Agent Ransack


AND and OR is available with the freeware version. Parentheses can be used as well.

"Peanut Butter" AND (Jelly OR Chocolate) AND Bread

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Just make sure to disable Regular Expressions when searching with AND/OR.


The 'Pro' version of Agent Ransack is called FileLocator Pro (not freeware) and extends the already awesome search capability with indexing, advanced RegEx, etc.
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