Solved Finding a file with a specific word in it

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March 2, 2015 at 10:32:35
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
Can I search for words within files? For instance, I have a document that has a specific word in it, but I can't remember the name of the file. I can do this in my e-mail program.

Thanks, Uncle Dewey


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#1
March 2, 2015 at 11:30:46
Yes, you most certainly can. It might take a good bit longer than a file search though because it has to peer into every file on the system. It might not find words in system files but it can find them in documents etc. Best way to prove this is to try it using a word in some other known document.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
March 2, 2015 at 12:33:30
Just tap the start button and start typing your key word and hit enter.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
March 2, 2015 at 13:14:08
Looks like I didn't do a good job of defining what I wanted to do. For instance, I have a folder with umpteen documents and I wish to find the specific document(s) with a "key" word--such as "happy".

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#4
March 2, 2015 at 13:48:38
Re #3
Yes, that is exactly what we are saying. You use the same search that you would use when searching for file names.

Amplifying my last line in #1. Go to your Documents folder (or anywhere else) and find some doc files. Choose any word within one of them to search for. Now type that particular word in Search and it will find the file(s) which contain it. Obviously if it is a common word such as "and" or "the" it will find a stack of them.

EDIT:
Also see, in particular, the last of the first bunch of links in the post below from Johnw. I was assuming the correct options were set (which I always check out when first setting up a computer). Maybe they are not, although the test I suggested should also prove/disprove that.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
March 2, 2015 at 15:27:43
It still was not working. So in Help they offered Folder Options and under the Search Tab offered a "search files and content" which was no selected. Now it does search "content" in the directory I've selected.

Thanks a bunch, Uncle Dewey


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#7
March 2, 2015 at 17:01:09
How did I miss all those links. I'll be checking them in a few days and get back to you--I suspect they will be really helpful.

Again, thanks ever so much. Uncle Dewey


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#8
March 2, 2015 at 17:27:52
I encourage you to play with Agent Ransack aka FileLocator Lite. Like Johnw I am a long time user of this program. It never fail me.

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#9
March 2, 2015 at 18:12:24
Johnw wrote:

> FileLocator Lite ( Formally Agent Ransack )

I think you meant "formerly" rather than "formally".

I have used FileLocater Lite on a previous install of Windows 7, but this
time around I just have the Windows 7 search indexing turned off and
searches seem to work fine, so I haven't installed FileLocater Lite.

The majority of searches I do are for or in system files, since I often don't
know where those are located, but usually do know where I saved my own
documents.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
March 2, 2015 at 18:24:45
"I think you meant "formerly" rather than "formally"
Thanks Jeff.

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#11
March 17, 2015 at 17:03:20
I have taken a look at Johnw's list of file search help and it was really great. I now have the info I need to help me with any search questions.

Thanks a mil, Uncle Dewey


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#12
March 17, 2015 at 17:13:36
" I now have the info I need to help me with any search questions"
Makes computing a lot easier, same applies to using Google.

Thanks for getting back to us uncledewey.


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#13
March 17, 2015 at 18:07:50
About thirty years ago I worked in NY near three IBM plants and we had an IBM computer club with our own network. About the same time the Internet was blossoming and I wondered aloud what was the best vehicle to search the Internet--the IBM engineers said use Google--I have used it ever since and had I known I would have invested. At about the same time IBM & Microsoft parted ways with DOS--should have invested there too, but... "Who Knew?"

Uncle Dewey


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