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Windows Desktop Search Can't Find Numerical Data In Excel


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#1 dickens1853

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 12:01 PM

I recently installed Windows Desktop Search on Windows XP, and for some reason it doesn't seem to find
numerical data within a spreadsheet. Is it possible to search for
numbers in Excel spreadsheets?

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:59 AM

The short answer is no. Conventional search tools cannot navigate Excel's file structure. There are 3rd party software options available. However I was not able to find a worthy freeware option.

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#3 Tony anderson

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 01:30 PM

The short answer is no. Conventional search tools cannot navigate Excel's file structure. There are 3rd party software options available. However I was not able to find a worthy freeware option.



This is not correct: A machine with windows xp and office installed will search inside excel files for numerical data. It is only *after* windows desktop search is installed that it no longer returns this data. Even uninstalling windows desktop search doesn't fix the problem. I have already had to rebuild one computer from scratch to solve this problem for a user, a better fix is much needed!

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:31 PM

Actually, I used to use Google Desktop until our IT guy shut it down, and it was able to find numerical data within Excel. But not WDS. Looks like something I'll have to live with. Anybody know other free search programs other than Google, Yahoo and WDS?

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 12:27 PM

I just tested Tony's idea, and he is correct. I searched for a number in an Excel file in a computer without WDS installed, using the standard search tool, and it found the data. I searched for the exact same file on my computer, and it couldn't find it. Very frustrating, as I need to be able to do this! Anyone have a workaround?




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