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Is It Possible, To Search This Way?

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#1 Dashtoronto


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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:08 PM

Here's my dumbass question..

I have lost text files somewhere in my computer. Among millions of folders and other text files. I forgot the name I gave for the file. I have spent the last two days clicking and looking into text files, one by one, among thousands of files, images, text, porn and folders.

What I would like to ask is, is there a program that can do a search for a word or phrase in a text file, among a thousand text files? Like, say you wrote the word "heaven" in a text file, NOT as the name of the file itself, but the word inside the text or letter of the file? Is that possible? Is there a program that can look into text files, searching and scanning inside the contents of every text file for a specific word, among all the text files in the computer, itself?

Also, another question I have.

My question is, I would like to have a viewer that can "slideshow" quickly from one microsoft word text file to another, to find the appropriate file, among image and other text files also, to be looked at, at high speed glances into the file.

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#2 Ronbo


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Posted 10 April 2007 - 10:23 PM

Hi Dashtoronto, :thumbsup: to BC

You don't say what operating system you are using but in windows XP all you have to do is go to the Start button on the Taskbar or the toolbar on any window you have opened and choose Search. Select the All files and folders option, then in the second search box, the one titled A word or phrase in the file enter a word or phrase that you think might be unique to the file you are looking for.

Choose the drive you want to search in from the Look in: menu and hit the search button. windows will find the file you are looking for if it is on the drive you are searching.

You might want to check the search options below the Look in menu for other options which may help you find this file. For example: if the file you are looking for stored inside a hidden folder you must click the third option More Advanced Options and put a check mark in the Search hidden Files And Folders box or Windows will not look for your file inside of them.

I don't know of any programs that can allow you to do a high speed preview of word documents but here is an option that Word has that allows you have a preview image of your file that you can see in the detail box of your window when you right click a word file or if you have your folder options set to the Thumbnails option.


Goodluck :flowers:

Edited by Ronbo, 10 April 2007 - 10:24 PM.

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