Better search tool for windows  

  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10

    Better search tool for windows


    I work on windows and have to search in text files, and wonder if there is little better tool support ...
    I would like to have it:
    - search in many text files (best filtered by file extension / name / pattern)
    - search for texts / patterns
    - there should be some support for the patterns ()
    - be portable
    the result should then be displayed useful (line of the finding with double-click to open)

    currently I use Notepad ++
    that's fine tool - my favorite editor, but I would have some extra tool so that the search can always stay open
    and is faster.
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  2. Posts : 40,856
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    This software is for find files.
    It's not for searching within files.

    See if this software is helpful: voidtools
    It will index everything on internal and external drives.
    It can launch on boot or when you need it.
    There are instantaneous results.
    The more characters that you type the narrower the search results.
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  3. Posts : 809

    By "patterns" I assume you mean regular expressions.

    AstroGrep (AstroGrep download | will do what you want. There is a portable version under the Files tab on the site.
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  4. Posts : 15,978
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3448

    For the tasks you have described, I use File explorer most of the time but for awkward searches I use NirSoft's excellent SearchMyFiles

    Added later - SearchMyFiles does search contents. I have tested this using text files, MS Office Word files & MS Office Outlook .msg files [such as MS Office Outlook emails saved to the HDD].

    Last edited by Try3; 28 Oct 2018 at 10:41.
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  5. Posts : 40,616
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    If you are looking for a tool that does indexed content search, the typical 3rd party file search tools index file names, not content.

    Some add on an optional search of found text files, but the content is not indexed.

    I use Locate32 (free) - example:
    Better search tool for windows-1.jpg
    Wild card filename search is supported, but not wild card text search, nor does it list the line found.

    Astrogrep (mentioned above) appears to do no indexing.

    For what you want, a commercial tool like Copernic Desktop Search would probably be ideal, giving instant results on indexed content.
    Search Technology to instantly find files, emails, documents & much more!

    You'd have to check if it supports regex on content search strings.

    Google Desktop Search did much the same thing and was free. It still works, but was made obsolete some years ago. It certainly listed the content and context found - instantly.

    You should be able to find a download somewhere around. Example from my PC of one way of using it.

    Better search tool for windows-untitled.png
    And you can do a search for (e.g.) *:txt aardvark but nothing more complex, it seems.

    No support for regex content search specification as far as I know.

    Presumably you know that Windows search supports content indexing potentially of a large variety of file types. (You need the ifilter for the relevant file type(s) ).
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  6. Posts : 809

    dalchina said:
    Astrogrep (mentioned above) appears to do no indexing, nor does content search support wildcards.
    AstroGrep does content searches by regex.
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