What is the best way to mass search html, epub, and pdf file's contents?

Windows explorer doesn't really support this properly.


It's possible using Advanced Query Syntax, supported in Windows Vista and higher. To search multiple file types, use this syntax:

ext:.bmp OR ext:.htm OR ext:.txt

Use as many operators as you'd like.

AQS References

Search for files with a specific file extension in Windows 7 - Super User

Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)

Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax | Ars Technica

Exploring Vista's Advanced Search

Become a Windows Search ninja with Advanced Query Syntax | Ed Bott

How to Search for Files Created Between Two Dates in Windows

  • This doesn't work for epubs superuser.com/questions/561392/index-epubs-windows – William Aug 30 '16 at 16:18
  • Works fine here.. where .epub isn't even a registered file type in my system. imgur.com/a/FjJ8p Perhaps rebuilding the search index is the solution. – Win32Guy Aug 30 '16 at 17:22
  • the contents of the epub not the title – William Aug 30 '16 at 18:17
  • Although I appreciate you answering I would like to say this doesn't answer the question to my knowledge – William Aug 30 '16 at 20:10
  • No problem. But the original question din't mention about searching file "contents". Given the question, i did my best. – Win32Guy Aug 30 '16 at 20:15

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