Windows Thread, Searching 1000s of individual text files for a certain phrase in Technical; Is there any way in windows to search multiple text files for a search term?
The files are HTML and ...
23rd January 2013, 10:16 AM #1
Searching 1000s of individual text files for a certain phrase
Is there any way in windows to search multiple text files for a search term?
The files are HTML and I cant find an easy way to do it.
23rd January 2013, 10:19 AM #2
I thought this was a standard feature of Windows Search?
Just open up a search box (or Win+F), select "all files and folders", file name "*.htm*", then enter the search term in the "word or phrase inside the file" box
[this is from memory so might be a bit off with field names]
23rd January 2013, 10:25 AM #3
LosOjos has it spot on. Just double checked it as well to make sure.
Win+F, enter phrase in top right search box, click 'type', select .htm
23rd January 2013, 10:32 AM #4
Sorry I want to actually search inside all the HTML files for a phrase.#
Last edited by zag; 23rd January 2013 at 10:34 AM.
23rd January 2013, 10:37 AM #5
Damn your ninja edit Zag...
Last edited by Neil-Millgate; 23rd January 2013 at 10:41 AM.
23rd January 2013, 10:38 AM #6
Windows Grep Features i have used grep alot in Linux but there's a windows version :P. [GREP By the way is free]Open source GPL
also i have heard that indexing needs to be on to use alot of sub features of the windows search.
Last edited by januttall; 23rd January 2013 at 11:20 AM.
23rd January 2013, 10:42 AM #7
I use the search built in to Notepad++ for this sort of thing.
23rd January 2013, 10:49 AM #8
You may want to try TextCrawler or AstroGrep instead.
Originally Posted by zag
Last edited by Arthur; 23rd January 2013 at 10:58 AM.
23rd January 2013, 11:22 AM #9
Thanks textcrawler worked perfectly.
23rd January 2013, 11:25 AM #10
Pretty sure Windows built in search would have done this...
Originally Posted by zag
23rd January 2013, 12:30 PM #11
XP has the "dog" search thingy (which works), W7 has an unreliable built in search. You have to type content:"string you want" in the search box, but experience has shown it doesn't often work. I've never tried the TextCrawler or AstroGrep mentioned above, but I have used Super Finder XT, which works very well but it slow and runs a background program when the search is done. I use DOS FINDSTR, which is quick and work well. In any version of Windows, DOS always has been and always will be your best tool.
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LosOjos (23rd January 2013), zag (23rd January 2013)
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