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I had Windows 7 recently, how can i search for files (*.pom files) which contain a string, using a filter so the search do not take a long time? is there a query language to use in the search tool bar? Thank you :)

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Win+R

Run:

Search "search string" in file *.pom (fulltext search engines):

search-ms:query=(ext:.pom) "search string"

Search file *.pom except "search string" in file name:

search-ms:query=((ext:.pom)LIKE(-filename:"*search string*.pom"))

Search file *.pom AND "search string" in file name:

search-ms:query=((ext:.pom)LIKE(filename:"*search string*.pom"))
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  • Thank you STTR for your reply, may be i was not clear in my first question, but i am seraching pom files which have in their content my string not in the name of the files ;) Jun 7, 2013 at 17:37
  • @jamesbaron Updated, see again.
    – STTR
    Jun 8, 2013 at 7:05
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Well I have found a tool named FileSearchEX that uses a search engine similar to the Windows XP search tool, it has a a trial period, but you can uninstall/install it many times if you want, it could be integrated to the explorer menu ;)

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The FileSearchEx trial period was over before I'd had a chance to get used to it, or try it out properly, and the current version does not get re-enabled by uninstalling/reinstalling.

There was nothing on the website to say how long the trial period was for, so I asked before I installed it. I was told it varies. Great.

It could well be useful, but it's the sort of utility that may only get used once in a while, so the trial period needs to be long enough to see if it's what you want. I only used it maybe a couple of times, before I no longer could without paying for it. I wasn't sure I wanted to.

Instead, I googled again and found XSearch from easexp.com, which is freeware / donation ware - very fast, and does pretty much the same thing. Try that too, before you decide.

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  • You might want to move the important part of this answer to the top, so readers don't have to wade through the story before they get to it.
    – Tom Zych
    Nov 14, 2015 at 12:17

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