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Windows 7: Find text in files


12 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 
Find text in files

Hi,

I am just wondering what do you use to search texts in files?

I meant, searching text inside files ...

As always, I prefer freeware if possible, because I believe this feature should be built-in to the OS.

Thanks.

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12 Jan 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Are you referring to text/document files?
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12 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
 
 

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12 Jan 2010   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by elung View Post
Hi,

I am just wondering what do you use to search texts in files?

I meant, searching text inside files ...

As always, I prefer freeware if possible, because I believe this feature should be built-in to the OS.

Thanks.
Wordpad is a texteditor wihin windows 7.
Use/Start/Programs/Accessories/Notepad
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12 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Yes, searching text withing files (common text files like .txt, .php, .pl, .pas), inside folders, recursively.

I took a look the WinGrep, it is nice but at this moment I am looking for freeware alternative.

No, you cannot do this using Wordpad ... unfortunately.
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12 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Found it

Notepad++ has this functionality!
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12 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by elung View Post
I believe this feature should be built-in to the OS.
Thanks.
That features is built into the os, it's called findstr

Open up a command line and type findstr /? and you will see your options. Hope this helps.
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09 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bits
 
 

On the Windows command line, I often use an open source tool sfk to find text. For example,
Code:
sfk find mydir foo
finds all occurrences of foo in mydir and all subfolders, in text and binary files. You may also try sfk hexfind (produces hexdumps) or sfk filter (for text files only). The binary is available from Swiss File Knife - Browse /1-swissfileknife at SourceForge.net
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