Questions related to searching a filesystem, either live searches or indexed file searches.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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List all hidden folders/files in Windows (7)?

A long time ago, I remember hiding some really personal files on my computer. Something that nobody could ever find, so I buried them down pretty darn good. Now to my problem, I don't remember where. ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search?

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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Utility to search the content of external hard disk (if possible index it in advance)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching through txt, pdf and doc files How to search my contents in my portable hard disk quickly (just like a google desktop)? having lots of materials in the ...
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Tool to find files in Windows 64 bit

I need a tool to find files (by name pattern, or by content) under Windows, that supports correctly the 64 bit environment. The embedded search tool in Windows 7 is great for indexed content, but ...
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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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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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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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Saving (Imaging) Free Disk Space (Unused Clusters) to Recover Deleted Files

Is there an app that can save all of the free clusters on a disk to a file? In some circumstances, when a file gets deleted, the only way to try to recover it is to scan the disk (or partition) for a ...
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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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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 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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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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Search file in compressed files in DOS

How can I search for files in compressed files using DOS? I know I can search for files with the dir command, like this: dir HtmlInputSecret.* /s But I don't think it searches in compressed files, ...
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Windows alternative to locate on ubuntu

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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.