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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    Windows 11
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Samsung
    CPU
    i7
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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  • OS
    Windows 11
Ultrasearch
Agent Ransack
(both freeware)

Both contain option to search for file content
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 22H2 (latest update ... forever anal)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    HP Slim S01
    CPU
    Intel i5-12400
    Memory
    8GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Sound Card
    OOBE
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    Acer 32"
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    1920x1080
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    512GB KIOXIA NVMe
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    BT
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    BT
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    Brave FFox Chrome Opera
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    KIS
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    Windows 11 Pro (latest upadte ... anally always)
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    Laptop
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    HP Pavillion 15
    CPU
    i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
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    Samsung NVMe 512GB
    + numerous/multiple SSD Type C USB enclosures
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    Brave
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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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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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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  • OS
    macOS 14.x (plus Windows 11, Debian, FreeBSD for ARM64)
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MacBook Pro M1 MAX
    CPU
    Apple M1 Max (T6001) - 8 performance 2 efficiency cores
    Memory
    32GB LPDDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Apple M1 Max (32-core)
    Hard Drives
    a) 1TB SSD + + 1TB SD Card + external SSD Drives
    Browser
    1. Safari 2. DuckDuckGo
    Antivirus
    -
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro, plus VirtualBox VMs: various Windows & Linux
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio
    CPU
    i7
    Memory
    32GB
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD, plus external SSDs for Virtual Machines etc.
    Browser
    1. MS Edge 2. DuckDuckGo
    Antivirus
    Defender

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