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Search ability of Win XP over Win 7

WIN XP Word Search Win 7 Find a word in a file

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#1 Peter M

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    Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:03 AM

    Sunday 5 February 2012 4:54 p.m.

    I am still a newbie with a 1 year old laptop and using Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Under Win XP and its search function you could enter a word to find within the a file itself, not necessarily in the file name.

    This was so good, but I cannot seem to be able to do that with Win 7. Yes it searches file names but I want to search say word (*.doc) files with any word say "barometer"? Or excel (*.xls) with the word "contribution". That general sort of thing.

    Is there a freeware utility out there that does that or can Win 7 do that already for me, if I but knew how to use it?

    Can anyone help? :bye:

    All the best,

    Peter M.


    #2 Claw

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      Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:35 AM

      I know what you mean Let me check ,,I get right back to you.

      #3 Claw

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        Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:53 AM

        Hey man,,also try this ,,it may just be what you are looking for- https://freewarebb.com/files/file/2039-prgrep-v89/

        #4 James (Jim) Hillier

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          Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:42 AM

          Hey Peter - Windows 7 Search feature already has most of what you are after built-in, you just have to learn how to use it mate. You'll need to do some reading, suggest you start here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows7/Advanced-tips-for-searching-in-Windows

          This may also help: http://www.windows7news.com/2009/06/30/finding-files-faster-with-windows-7-search/

          If, after further research, you are still dissatisfied with the native search feature, then Claw's suggestion sounds fine. Or AgentRansack which has always been highly regarded and is another good alternative: https://freewarebb.com/files/file/8860-agent-ransack-2010-build-762/
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