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Anything faster than grep?

I am looking for a tool that will be faster than grep, maybe a multi-threaded grep, or something similar... I have been looking at a bunch of indexers, but I am not sold that I need an index... I ...
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Windows search with specific options

For example, i have two files: Textfile1.txt Textfile2.txt where first file is empty, and second contains string file1 Can I create a search query in standard windows explorer to match ...
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Adding searchable tags and comments to any file in Windows 8

As we all know, the JPG format allows us to store such properties as Tags and Comments in every picture of this format. The Windows Explorer allows us to easily edit these properties, and they can be ...
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searching a folder using a specific folder

I have a folder on my desktop full of MS Word documents, so I'd like to find out which ones contain a particular word in a specific font, namely ADJECTIVE, that is the word adjective both capitalized ...
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Finding files matching certain criteria

I'm cleaning out an old external hard drive and want to be able to find files matching certain conditions. How do I exclude files containing certain strings in there names? I've tried using !~ but it ...
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Search for images by “has Geotag data”

I have tens of thousands of pictures that I took. Some have Geotag data in their EXIF, some don't. I want to run a search on my computer to find all images that have Geotag data. How can I accomplish ...
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How to make omitting search criteria [duplicate]

How to ask windows to search for files that not satisfy defined condition. For example I don't need files that has extension log.
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In Windows (base install) what is the fastest way to search only filenames?

In Windows (base install: no extensions, tools, add-on's, or 3rd Party software) what is the fastest native way to search only filenames AND without modifying the "state" of indexing and/or changing ...
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Can no longer word search a PDF in Mac preview

I have a PDF doc that I have word searched three or four times yesterday and even earlier today but now it won't search any words at all. I'm befuddled and confused! It's a really large file (over ...
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Method to search multiple zip files (jar,war,ear,zip) for a folder

Is there an easy way to search Method to search multiple zip files (jar,war,ear,zip) for a folder? Some of these files may be in a maven like folder structure and not all in 1 folder.
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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How to search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? [duplicate]

How can I search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? Semicolon does not work:
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How to find all video type files in windows 8.1

How can I find all my video files in windows 8.1? I go into the windows 8.1 start screen and start typing "*.avi". It finds a small number of videos on my C drive. Search appears to only look on ...
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Why windows 7 search becomes too slow after frequently use?

Situation: We are working on a file management project where we need to generate and sort around 60,000 files per day and burn them in DVD's everyday as the final output. All files have JPG extension ...
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How can I search for files that are either compressed or uncompressed in Windows Explorer?

I know that Windows explorer can colorize the NTFS compression state of a file, in both the regular and search views. How can I specifically filter/search for files that are compressed or ...
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Batch File - Search for string and copy next word to new file

Good Day All. I want to search for the following string in a bunch of TEXT files in a folder: USER Then I want to copy the string next to this word (USER), and copy it to a new text file. How do ...
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Search Everything does not always find file with exclamation marks

I have a file called !!! Readme !!!.txt. When I search the file with Search Everything, the following happens: search for Readme finds the file search for !!! does not find the file but finds many ...
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Search Everything: Additional filter parameters?

In Search Everything, the famous Windows NTFS file search engine, in its last incarnation 1.3.3.658b we can create custom filters by defining a list of file extensions. My question is: Is it also ...
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Is there a way to search for files by hash value?

Is there a way I can have a hash value as input when searching for files and a complete list of files and their locations as output? This could be helpful when trying to pin point file duplicates. I ...
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How to find all files with a specific extension in Windows 8?

On a computer with Windows 8, how can I find all files with a specific extension within a drive or network location? For example, how can I find all *.docx files on my hard drive?
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Finding files on mounted disk with locate

I have a small SSD disk with my linux system, and a large IDE disk with most of my work, that is mounted at system start. For some reason I can't seem to find files on the IDE disk using locate. I ...
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Search for unique file in two or more folders

Is there a way to search for single/unique files in two or more different folders in windows? is there an add-on/app for this? (Don't understand how to run code) Thanks
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Windows alternative to locate on ubuntu [duplicate]

The locate command on ubuntu is so great that I miss it a lot on Windows 7. Do you know of an alternative? Ok I found this but it's not great: ...
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How can I force Everything search engine to re-index?

I used Everything for searching files on Windows 7. I made many changes in the file system based on the results (deleting and renaming specific files), and I want to check if I covered all the files I ...
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How can I identify files in my Windows file system where the modified date is X more recent than the created date?

I'm hoping this can be handled with some PowerShell tricks. I have a directory on my work machine (Windows XP) containing tons of PDFs, some of which I've annotated and resaved. I'd like to be able ...
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How do I disable indexing in a specific directory across multiple platforms?

I have some files that will be accessed across several platforms (Mac OS X and Windows 7 mainly, but I wouldn't rule out Linux in the future) and I do not want these files indexed by the search ...
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How Windows Search determines what results to show?

What is the precise behavior of Windows Search? Is it searching for only files it considers documents? Or only in some directories, no matter what root directory was specified by the user? Example: ...
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Why does all file search perform worse than Google Web Search? [closed]

Google gives me results from the "vast internets" within microseconds. Those results are (or used to be) utterly awesome. They have changed the world. Okay, but when I want to search my "vast ...
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Windows 7 File Explorer search not working

I can't use the Windows 7 File Explorer search successfully. If I enter a search string, for instance car in the search box, I just get No files found, despite obviously having several files that ...
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grep returning wrong messages in GNOME Desktop(Linux)

I need to search a particular string inside a folder structure. The File system contains multiple files, but i need to check only XML files. I searched and tried the commands for Linux Recursive ...
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Are there any tools for doing a text search within binary data?

This question is somewhat related to this so post: Searching text in binary data I am not looking for a programming solution that involves having to make a program to this. I was wondering if there ...
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searching information within files [duplicate]

I need some information which is stored with in a file on Windows 7 system, I do not remember the file name rather what I remember is a bit of keywords which are stored some where in some file.How can ...
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Why don't file managers use the Master File Table for instant search results? [closed]

I've just discovered UltraSearch and was blown away by its file and folder search speed. It's instantaneous. And doesn't use any indexing service. It simply uses the NTFS Master File Table, which ...
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How to run updatedb, excluding some paths, but not removing previous indexed content for those paths?

I have a strange question, and i am not sure this is something doable at all, thats why i am asking it to the SuperUser :) So, imagine that you have your filesystem with some mount points for ...
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Searching a string in a file anywhere on PC using Findstr

I have a text (.txt) file located somewhere on my PC that contains a bunch of data, including the following string: Secret Username: ********* Secret Password: ********* How can I find this file ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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How to search contents of files in folder?

In Win 7, how can I search for a word in the contents of all files in a specific folder. In XP this was easy. All you had to do was type the word into the "A word or phrase in file" text box on the ...
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How can I search my Windows 7 machine for all files with alternate data streams?

I'm interested to see if any files on my system have any ADS (NTFS Alternate Data Stream). At least the build-in file search on Window 7 Starter doesn't seem to have this option. Is there a way with ...
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Windows Utility to search files with certain criteria and act on them

I am looking for a Windows utility which can search for files fulfilling certain criteria (e.g., file type is "Word" (.doc or .docx), with last modify date older than 1 year ago), and perform several ...
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Is there any file content search tool that decompresses JAR files before looking into it?

I use Agent Ransack to grep entire directories. But it doesn't unzip JAR files before looking into them, is there any tool that does that?
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Force Windows 8 to search indexed files

When using search files in Windows 8 (win+f) I don't get expected results. For example, I installed VLC, it's in Program Files (86) folder, and that folder is selected for indexing. Search for files ...
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How to do binary searches on Windows?

I want to search for a binary file and all I know it contains a certain sequence of bytes. What tool can help me to find it?
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Solution to archive and search PDF files on a NAS

In my company we have a lot of customer information saved in .pdf files which are stored on a QNAP NAS. I want to be able to do a quick search for information inside the .pdf, like Contract Numbers ...
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Searching network drive without indexing - win xp

I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
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Searching for content in a large number of Excel files

I have 2500 Excel files. I need to output all rows which contain a certain string in a certain column. How can I do this? What if the certain string is not in a fixed column, but could be in any ...
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what is the syntax to specify “OR” in windows 7 file search?

I have a text file with a list of numbers. I have a directory with a lot of documents. I would like to find all documents in the directory where the title contains one or more of the list of ...
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search

I am using windows 8 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search ...
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Advanced file and folder search for Windows 7

Is there a way to add advanced options when doing a search on Windows 7? for example how to exclude certain folder, or exclude certain file types. Any software that could help with this sort of ...
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How can I search for the largest image file in a folder? (resolution and size)

I have a large collection of image files, from different cameras, phones, etc. They are all nicely sorted into folders by date/subject (eg: 2011-12-25-Family Christmas Dinner) and I manage them using ...