Is it possible to find a phrase included in a document on your pc


provlima

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I am trying to find a document on my PC that I created that has a certain phrase.
Is it possible to search all the documents on my hard drive to retrieve the document containing the exact phrase??
Thanks for your help
 

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Natively in Windows no I don't believe so, but programmatically yes. It will also depend on the file types searches since some will need APIs available to read the content
 

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Ultrasearch
Agent Ransack
(both freeware)

Both contain option to search for file content
 

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As I told you in your other post , in both 10 and 11 file explorer search does accept boolean searching, operators AND, OR, NOT, as well as quotations around a phrase. Results will show from both the file name as well as file contents. I use it all the time. There is no need for a third party app.
 

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Nobody seems to have mentioned Everything which can be used to search file content although, being a non-indexed function, it is slow in comparison to indexed searches (see the site FAQ), but as glasskuter says, it isn't really necessary to use any third-party option, unless they offer significant improvements over file explorer's built-in search features.
 

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