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I'm using Microsoft Office 2007. How can I search inside multiple Excel files?

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Use IceTeaReplacer. It's freeware.

Search & Replace in .docx, .xlsx and .xls files

IceTeaReplacer is a simple, yet a powerful tool to search inside multiple Microsoft's Office Word 2007 (docx), Excel 2007 (xlsx) and Excel 2003 (xls) files within a directory (and it's subdirectories) and replace provided phrase. Supports UTF-8.

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There is also a more powerful alternative with various features but it's a commercial one: ExcelPipe.

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With the folder that houses the files open, press Ctrl+f to use the search box in the folder. Then search for

content:"my string to search for"

to search for that string in the files in the current directory.

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That appears to do a plain-text content search only xlsx files have binary data. It didn't work for me. – Curtis Yallop Apr 29 at 17:56

In Excel 2003 you had an extra search option in the file menu where you were able to search through files. I can't find this option in 2007 anymore so I think it's gone.

If your have Vista or Windows 7 you should be able to use window's integrated search. In older versions you could install a search app like Windows Desktop Search, Google Desktop Search, Copernic, ... they're all free to use.

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In Win 7 you can specify a type:xlsx parameter in the search box (or xls, etc. as appropriate) – jonsca Jul 21 '11 at 11:42
@jonsca, OP question was about searching inside not searching for excel files. – Peter Nore May 15 '12 at 14:09
@PeterNore Yes, the comment was a supplement to If your have Vista or Windows 7 you should be able to use window's integrated search. If you specify the file type or the extension in addition to your "content:" string it doesn't have to search the entire directory, just the pertinent files. – jonsca May 15 '12 at 16:12

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