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I want to search the content of text files using Windows 7. I am unable to find stuff like xyz in .txt files that contain text like asd**xyz**asd, not even with the file search option enabled.

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You can use agent ransack which can see the contents inside the files and also search faster with the file name too. See the feature page.

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Notepad++ has a feature for searching text in finds ('Find in files' tab under the regular ctrl+f search), and it's a pretty useful text editor in general.

  • Notepad++ is cool. I'm trying to decide if I like it better than Notepad2. – pcunite Jun 8 '12 at 22:06
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You can use "find" command in command interpreter (cmd.exe). To gain more help, enter:

find /?

Usage:

find "text to find" files_to_find_in_-_can_be_wildcard
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The easiest for this task is to use a tool like grepWin - if you are looking only for text in text files, or SeekFast - if you want to search in any type of documents.

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