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

25 Apr 2011   #11
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post
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.
What sort of window is it? Just a list box? Are the items static?

Can you save the contents to a file?

If so, there are various ways to search it. But I need to know what sort of window it is before making suggestions.

Regards....Mike Connor


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25 Apr 2011   #12
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post
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.
What sort of window is it? Just a list box? Are the items static?

Can you save the contents to a file?

If so, there are various ways to search it. But I need to know what sort of window it is before making suggestions.

Regards....Mike Connor
The items semi static. lol. Its just like any other company made program. the contents can be saved to a file, which I can then search, but again I am trying to streamline this. Just a screen scraper of some type.

Listary might work, im digging into it, but it keeps crashing.
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25 Apr 2011   #13
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post
Listary might work, im digging into it, but it keeps crashing.
I've been using the portable x64 version for a few days and it's worked perfectly? You don't have to use the hot key, when the window is in focus just start typing a query and it should appear instantly...
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25 Apr 2011   #14
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post

The items semi static. lol. Its just like any other company made program. the contents can be saved to a file, which I can then search, but again I am trying to streamline this. Just a screen scraper of some type.

Listary might work, im digging into it, but it keeps crashing.
OK. If you can save to a file you can search it easily.

Try this first;

dngrep - dnGREP - Google Project Hosting

also, if it is just an ascii file, you can search it using any plain text editor with a search function. For many files you can just open them in Firefox and use various search functions there.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Apr 2011   #15
jacksunny

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Try WinGrep if Listary doesn't work.
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25 Apr 2011   #16
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Try WinGrep if Listary doesn't work.
have tried this, but it seems to only search files. I need it to search the current window I am in.

Crazy this hasn't been written yet....

Even crazier our engineers didnt incorporate a search function in the program.
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25 Apr 2011   #17
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OakenG View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post
Listary might work, im digging into it, but it keeps crashing.
I've been using the portable x64 version for a few days and it's worked perfectly? You don't have to use the hot key, when the window is in focus just start typing a query and it should appear instantly...

cant get the query window to open w/o using hotkey.
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25 Apr 2011   #18
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tek0011 View Post

The items semi static. lol. Its just like any other company made program. the contents can be saved to a file, which I can then search, but again I am trying to streamline this. Just a screen scraper of some type.

Listary might work, im digging into it, but it keeps crashing.
OK. If you can save to a file you can search it easily.

Try this first;

dngrep - dnGREP - Google Project Hosting

also, if it is just an ascii file, you can search it using any plain text editor with a search function. For many files you can just open them in Firefox and use various search functions there.

Regards....Mike Connor
thanks for the idea. however, I am attempting to do this w/o having to copy and paste the information elsewhere. My search continues. MacOS has one, how does Windows not. Listary is close to doing what I want it to, but I cant get it to work with certain windows.
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25 Apr 2011   #19
jacksunny

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Just curious, what is the name of the program for MacOS?
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25 Apr 2011   #20
tek0011

Win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Just curious, what is the name of the program for MacOS?
lol, great. let me find it again. took me forever to search.
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