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Is there a way to search for PDF and Word documents in Windows 8 so that the search results display not only the file name, but also some context of where the search terms occur? A sentence around the search terms would be great, or even some custom snippet size. If this is not possible using built-in Windows search, are there third-party applications, ideally free ones? Google Desktop used to do this, but it's no longer supported.

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Most 3rd party search tools should do this. Have a look here for some suggestions: superuser.com/questions/135423/… –  snowdude Mar 13 '13 at 20:29
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A tool such as grepWin would give you the ability to search within the files, and will give you a short snippet of the area in which the search term appears in the file.

Another tool that can accomplish this is the similarly named Windows Grep.

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