I want to search for a word [text or text string] inside a file, including PDFs, but I don’t know the file name. I can easily accomplish this if it’s a a .doc file. Have tried Windows XP search, Locate32, SuperFinder XT. Thank you.
is it index my files or INDEX YOUR FILES. I think that's the name of the program. did anyone use docfetcher?
Forgot the names. I'll give the links
INDEX YOUR FILES: http://www.indexyourfiles.com/
DOCFETCHER WORKS; IT EVEN FINDS TEXT INSIDE PDF's. Thank you so much!!
Thanks for the feedback Al! It's great to hear you found what you were looking for through MakeUseOf Answers.
Use ultrafilesearch. It searches inside files.
Also you can use Index my files. It can search html, text, pdf etc.
Both program do pretty much same. But Index my files indexes the files and also includes a preview pane. ultrafilesearch does not index and does not includes a preview pane. But it's lighter option
UltraFileSearch - http://www.ultrafilesearch.com/download.html
Index Your Files - http://www.indexyourfiles.com/
In Windows XP, go to search, select Documents (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), click Use advance search options, and type your search term in A word or phase in the document:
You'll need to use Rob's approach if you want to include PDFs, because by their nature you don't search text in PDFs as you would a typical text or doc file. I usually write up a VB script when I need to do deep digging (and need to do it often).
I'm surprised the Windows advanced search didn't work - finding text within files usually works pretty well. If you can't find it then the file you need is probably a PDF. I would search out all PDF files, find the ones that you suspect the most, and then use Rob's approach with Evernote to search those files as well.
Something I do is import the PDF into Evernote and that allows for searching on the text even if the PDF is locked
Try "Everything" from http://www.voidtools.com
It finds files and text
Have you tried the Advanced search options which lets you search with a single word in a document? Otherwise, try out the ones mentioned here:
Top 7 Windows Search Tricks Used by Pro Users
Top 4 Desktop Search Tools To Find That Elusive File