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Do you need to find files that contain a particular piece of text? Perhaps you're looking for "Register" but you're not interested in those that contain "RegisterComponents"? Or do you want to make sure that all calls to FindFirst are followed by a FindClose?

Well Search can help you with this and more. Simply enter a starting directory, a list of file names (containing wildcards if you wish,) the text string(s) to search for (or regular expressions) and whether you want to find either string, both strings, or the first string and not the second, then press Search.

Search will show you all the names of the files that match, along with the matched lines from each file. Then you can open the matched files or drag them to another application, see the file's properties, or copy them to the clipboard.


Here are some of the advantages of using it...

  • Allows you to search for logical combinations (AND, OR or AND NOT) of up to two search strings.
  • Can search using regular expressions.
  • You can optionally see the lines from the files that matched the search criteria, and a configurable number of lines before and after the matched lines.
  • You can find any files that match a wildcard file specification simply by omitting the search strings.
  • You can specify a filter to only search files that are within a specific size range, or have a created, last modified or last accessed date within a specific range, or have specific file attributes.
  • You can search within the results of a previous search, to "home-in" to the files of interest.
  • You can see the results of a previous search via the history button.
  • It can optionally recurse through subdirectories.
  • Remembers your previous search criteria, so you don't have to keep re-entering information that you use frequently.
  • You can easily edit a file from the result list, using the internal editor, an editor of your choice, or any application associated with that type of file. You can also drag files to another application.
  • The names of the matched files can be copied to the Windows clipboard or saved to a text file.
  • It can appear in the tool tray so that it is always ready for immediate use.

Note: Search is primarily intended as a programmers' tool, and can only operate correctly on ANSI text files. These are sometimes known as flat files because they do not contain any text formatting information. More ...

System Requirements

Windows Search is a program for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, XP, 2000, 2003, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. Sorry, but it won't work on a mac or Linux.

What People Say

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I really appreciate the Search utility you have put together. I use it to quickly retrieve status log information for Microsoft Systems Management Server. I like it so much, it will be featured in a book I am currently finishing up: Admin911 SMS. I recently went on a hunt for this type of program and yours topped the list. Kudos!
Rod Trent, www.swynk.com
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