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19 Nov 2018, 10:18 am

I am talking specifically of the files on my USB drive. I want to be able to search files for specific words.


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19 Nov 2018, 10:25 am

firemonkey wrote:
I am talking specifically of the files on my USB drive. I want to be able to search files for specific words.
What's your OS?



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19 Nov 2018, 12:16 pm

I'm getting a windows 10 computer , but currently have windows 7.


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19 Nov 2018, 2:15 pm

Open a Windows Explorer page for the root directory of the USB device.

Type the text you want to search for in the "Search Quick access" box (upper-right corner).

Press the 'Enter' key.

Wait for the results to populate.

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You may have to repeat this process for every folder and sub-folder on the USB device.



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19 Nov 2018, 11:11 pm

For more powerful search within files, try the free software Notepad++.



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20 Nov 2018, 6:16 am

Fnord wrote:
Type the text you want to search for in the "Search Quick access" box (upper-right corner).

Press the 'Enter' key.

I'm not super familiar with 7+, but I believe after that, you have to click another option that shows up underneath, to search for text within files. I just found it the other day at work.

I know with Windows XP, you had to hack the registry to get it to search ALL files. Otherwise it would only search "known" filetypes, even if you had them set up to open with WordPad (for example). I don't know if they ever "fixed" that.


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24 Nov 2018, 5:25 pm

CTRL + F


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24 Nov 2018, 6:07 pm

Well this seems to work. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/win ... e303b4bec9


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05 Feb 2019, 10:01 pm

Grep is a very powerful unix tool for this. I am sure you can find a unix emulator that would be able to run it on Windows.


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ids wrote:
Grep is a very powerful unix tool for this. I am sure you can find a unix emulator that would be able to run it on Windows.


Or use Find which is included in all versions of windows... :roll:


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25 Mar 2019, 5:20 pm

browse to your usb drive in windows 7
hold shift and right click on an empty bit of window and select open command window here
in the black box that appears type powershell and press enter
enter this:

Get-ChildItem -Recurse | Select-String -Pattern 'text to find'

Ichinin wrote:
ids wrote:
Grep is a very powerful unix tool for this. I am sure you can find a unix emulator that would be able to run it on Windows.


Or use Find which is included in all versions of windows... :roll: