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Does the find command in windows (command line) work to search inside of excel files?

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If the text is saved as plaintext in the save file, it will come up in results for find.

Tested on windows7;

Made new "hello.xls" in C:\test, opened in Excel 2007, saved "foo" in cell A1

Opened command window;
c:\test>find "foo" hello.xls


---------- C:\TEST\HELLO.XLS
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+1 - thank you. – Frank V Apr 20 '10 at 22:31
Won't work for the Office Open XML format, though. – Joey Apr 20 '10 at 23:06

I have experienced several times that Find command does not provide all the results. So I prefer to use the wonderful Agent Ransack utility.

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