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Windows 7: Is there a way to search within a window?

25 Apr 2011   #1
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 
Is there a way to search within a window?

Are there any functions or 3rd party programs that would allow me to search for text within an individual window?

I am using a program that generates 1000's of pieces of data and information, and it has no search function.

Is there any thing out there that would do this?


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25 Apr 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi tek0011, and welcome to sevenforums,

is it possible to ctrl-a (to select all), then paste everything into another program (eg notepad or better), and then search from there?

also, what is your program? - it may help us suggest solutions.
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25 Apr 2011   #3
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Listary may do what you want. There are both portable and installer versions (64-bit supported)?
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25 Apr 2011   #4
jacksunny

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Or try typing Ctrl-F into the program, sometimes that brings up a search function.
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25 Apr 2011   #5
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

So this is a custom program (Not like using explorer or anything?) that is outputting tons of text in a long scrolling window?

If the program has no logging feature, which you could search the resulting log file in notepad or something. I would try to copy/paste the output window text into notepad and search it there.

I don't know of any addon that will arbitratily search text in just any window of any program. Though it sounds possible to write such a thing Would have been pretty easy on XP, may be much more difficult on 7.
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25 Apr 2011   #6
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
hi tek0011, and welcome to sevenforums,

is it possible to ctrl-a (to select all), then paste everything into another program (eg notepad or better), and then search from there?

also, what is your program? - it may help us suggest solutions.
Unfortunately, I cannot even ctrl-a to select all. Even if I could i think that way would take longer, for what I am trying to do.
It is a program specifically engineered for what we do at work.
Essentially there are 1000's of columns and rows, and I need to find certain columns and/or rows. Sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes just to locate, I am trying to get this down to 1-5 secs (if I had a search within a window, function).

I saw an Apple (ick) program that allowed to search within an actual window itself. Unfortunately I cannot find a similar program for Windows.

Thanks for your reply and any following thoughts/ideas.
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25 Apr 2011   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

in most programs, you can click on a column, and that will sort alphabetically under that column, making things easier to find..

i suppose it all depends on how the software was written in the first place.

a lengthy painful workaround would be to take screenshots, then ocr them...
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25 Apr 2011   #8
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OakenG View Post
Listary may do what you want. There are both portable and installer versions (64-bit supported)?
Trying this right now. But cant even get the hotkey to pull up the search function. Ill let you know if this works.
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25 Apr 2011   #9
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

No one is left that can modify the app to add a search function?

Actually I would love to have an external window text/list capture/search utility. Could grab lists of files from explorer for example, without having to drop to the command line to get the sameinfo into a text file
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25 Apr 2011   #10
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

You may need to add the application via the Listary options (just getting used to it myself).
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