How to use Windows 7 Search inside files

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If you would like to use Windows 7 search to search for the file contents here’s how to do it:

For instance, we want to search for the word ‘test’ inside the document.

Use Win ORB + F key to open Instant Search or use a search box in the Explorer Window while positioned in the folder or one level up where this document resides.

You can also use the command ‘content:test’ in the search box to narrow down results.

This will search all indexed locations for all files who’s filenames, metadata, or content have “test” in it.

You can also do a more fine search using search strings like:

Let’s say that you want to search the document that has the ‘nik‘ word in the filename, that it has a ‘max‘ word in the document, and that type of the document is .xlsx.

Search string for this would be:

*nik* kind:=document type:=.xlsx content:=max

You will be able to use Windows 7 search more effectively. Comments are welcome.

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2 Responses

  1. SuperJ says:

    XP was not really user friendly in searches already – but this tops it all!
    How can I search for files, which were created during Nov 2010 for instance?

    Well, I guess I stay with Agent Ransack. – And what is your favorite search tool?

    Anyway: thanks for letting us know, that such things are possible under 7 also (at least somehow…)

  2. SuperJ says:

    The problem with 7 search is that it is just not obvious how to do the various things searching usually entails. This is why popular tools like FileSearchEX or Agcnt Ranseck have their fans. Otherwise Windows 7 is a very robust OS and I’m happy to use it every day.

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