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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 don'...
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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: http://superuser.com/questions/502147/is-there-...
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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: I'...
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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 numbers....
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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 ...
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Search all files containing text

With Busybox, how do you search for an expression within a bunch of files recursively through a bunch of directories, but only look through text files? We don't know what the file's suffix is going ...
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How to search *upwards* for file? (reverse find)

I'd like to search "upwards" for a file in shell script, e.g. check $PWD, then $PWD/.., then $PWD/../.., etc. until hitting the root. Before I go and roll my own, is there some builtin bash/zsh/find ...
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Searching files in the server and searching string inside the source code

Are there software that enables you to search files or string inside your sourcecode that's on the server? The text editor I am currently using is Coda by Panic and the server I am using is Amazon ...
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How to search emails by matching header fields against regex “in” Thunderbird?

How to search emails by header fields such as Subject, Sender, Receipt, against regex? The emails are fetched and read with Thunderbird. But the searching doesn't need to occur through Thunderbird ...
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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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Fast search within text files in windows

Is there a program for windows that would do a great job of searching within files? I have a folder that I constantly need to search in for certain text, It would be nice to have a program that ...
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What's an alternative to “Everything” search for Linux?

In windows there is a pretty good search tool named Everything, which can let us search files by name. It's very fast, and easy to use. Now I wonder if there is any similar tool in Linux? Command ...
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tag cloud search of text in linux

a lot of times i have to search through scientific papers that are on my computer. i think having a tagcloud would help. is there a program that creates a tagcloud picture in ubuntu? ideally i would ...
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DiskInternal's Linux Reader Search

A 2TB external hard drive having multiple reiserfs, ext2/3 and similar linux file systems on it. In need for a quick search from within windows xp I found Linux Reader from DiskInternals. It ...
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Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search? [closed]

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or windows one, either would be ...
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How do I search for multiple strings in any order across multiple lines?

I'm working in a large codebase and want to see where particular strings like "foo" and "bar" are used, within n lines of each other, in any file in that codebase. Ideally I'd use a built-in Unix ...
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How can I find files NOT matching a specific extension in Windows XP?

I need to find and delete all files in subdirectories that are not .SQL files. I can't figure out how to search for <>.SQL or !.SQL in Windows Search. Most of the solutions that I've seen here ...
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Windows 7 not searching in non-indexed folders

I am simply not able to use the Windows 7 search box to find files in the current directory. The following are my settings: I have currently configured Windows Indexing only to search in my "Start ...
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How do I list files modified on or before particular date?

Using linux commands , is there way to list files which are created an hour (or particular date) before ?.
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Microsoft Outlook 7 with Windows XP - various problems

I have various issues with Outlook at the present time. First of all, in trying to fix one problem I have created a couple more. When I open Outlook now it asks me which profile I want to open... this ...
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How to search for files in Windows 7+ like you could in Windows XP?

I have a couple questions about searching for files on Windows 7. I find the XP method much easier than this new Windows 7 search. Note: I am only concerned about finding files whose names match a ...
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Searching for files which was created at certain date

Is it possible to find files which was created at certain date? I don't remember file name, but I know date when it was created. I am using windows 7.
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Search for a file based on product version

Does anybody know of a tool that will allow me to search for files based on different columns? For instance, in windows 7 I can show a column in explorer for product version.
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Find files with non-ASCII characters in filenames in Windows XP

Is there any easy way to find all files in a particular directory that have any non-ASCII (ie. Unicode) characters in the filename? I'm running Windows XP x64 SP2, NTFS filesystem.
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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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Search for a file in a Far Manager panel like FreeCommander Quick Search

How do I make search for file in Far Manager that is in the current directory of the selected panel? In FreeCommander, this can be done just by typing file's name.