Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Search context menu + Search within files.

20 Apr 2010   #1

Search context menu + Search within files.

Is there a way to get win7 file explorer to provide me with a right click context menu while I right click on a folder and let me search within that folder, specifically within files within that folder?

I don’t like the windows indexing stuff. I just want to do what I did in XP. Right click, search, type in the ‘Search within files’ text box the text I wanted to find and off it went for 20 mins going thoroughly through each one and providing a nice list of what files had the text within them.

Is this possible, either within windows 7 itself or with a 3rd party program?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Not sure if this will work, but it seems like a possible solution:

Search Context Menu Item - Restore After Vista SP1 - Vista Forums

Also Possible:
Edit Context Menu Items In Windows 7 & Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

The search box next to the address bar (CTRL + F gives it focus) works on the current folder you reside in. You can also limit the scope directly in the search query.

jquery path:concepts Would find everything that match "jquery" that resides in a folder named "concepts"
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Search context menu + Search within files.

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Search - Add or Remove from "My Computer" Context Menu
How to Add "Search" to "My Computer" Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7 This will show you how to add Search to the "My Computer" context menu for all users in Windows 7 or Vista. This is for when you right click on Computer from the Start Menu, navigation pane in Windows Explorer, or desktop...
Not able to search for files via start menu search box
I am only able to search for files and folders via the search box inside the start menu with one user. I had one admin account, and two standard user accounts. Right off the bat, Windows Explorer allows all users to search for files/folders. Searching for files/folders within the start menu...
How to remove search for computers and search for people start menu
Hello all first post so go easy :) i am trying to discover if there is a registry hack that will remove the search for computers and search for people links from the search tab on start menu (windows 7), any help greatly appreiciated. kind regards Uraken
Performance & Maintenance
Windows 7 search files and folders vs Outlook 2007 search
Hello, Can someone tell me some specifics and pinpoint the differences (or maybe a good website) that would pinpoint the differences between the Windows 7 search and the outlook 2007 search? I know the outlook search searches through email but are there other difference I am overlooking between...
General Discussion
Where is the WinExplorer folder context menu "search"?
After moving from old XP to a new Win7 installation I miss a "search here" context menu entry for folders in WinExplorer. In old WinXP a search form dialog popped up and let me perform a search in the whole directory tree. How does that work in Win7? Peter
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+