Find Text "in" files

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  1. pkellner

    pkellner New Member

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    Is there anything build into windows 7 that lets me find a text pattern (simple) in a set of files? I remember there was something like that in XP.
     
  2. john3347

    john3347 Extraordinary Member
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    Sure is

    Yes, you can click "Start" and enter a word or string of words into the search box and it will find all documents on the harddrive containing that word or string of words. You need to be careful and not enter a single, common word such as "at" or "from", etc. because you will have an unmanagable number of "hits". Enter a string of words or phrase to search for your item if possible.
     
  3. MMatheny

    MMatheny New Member

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    OK - how do I search for text in a particular file set, such as find the word nvidia in all .inf files????
     
  4. john3347

    john3347 Extraordinary Member
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    Check this method


    I found Windows 7 almost equally unsatisfactory as Vista and I do not currently have it installed on any of my computers, so I cannot check this. Can you not simply enter <*nvidia*.inf> and find all instances of the word "nvidia"? Search may not work for hidden or system files though, so this may not work.
     
  5. MMatheny

    MMatheny New Member

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    Well, in XP you pressed F3, then entered a file mask, such as *.inf, then entered the text you wanted to search for in that file subset, such as nvidia. I cannot find ANY way to accomplish this in W7 - as much as I love W7, the search functionality absolutely sucks.:mad:
     
  6. zirkoni

    zirkoni Honorable Member

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    F3 does the trick. Just open the start menu and press F3 or press F3 on desktop.
     
  7. MMatheny

    MMatheny New Member

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    I STILL cannot limit my search to a subset of files - it wants to search EVERYTHING! Unless I am just dense (I've only been working with Windows OSs since Windows 1.0!) I want to ONLY SEARCH .INF files, dag nabbit!!!
     
  8. zirkoni

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    Did you get this search window?
     
  9. MMatheny

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    Yes, but how do I tell it to search all *.inf files for the word nvidia ONLY??
     
  10. pbcopter

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    Type *.inf AND nvidia. If you are not searching indexed locations it will not search content. You must change the default in folder options, Search Tab to always include contents. You can also wait until it the end of the seacrh and press the contents button.
     
  11. MMatheny

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    Well, I'll be!! Thanx SO much, it seems to work!
     
  12. pbcopter

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    You're welcome. Sometimes I wish these things could be easier.
     
  13. isharoni

    isharoni New Member

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    try also using command line (CMD): find "string" <file path>
     
  14. vincomgo

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    I cannot visit it.No info found.Why have this error:-s
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