Search for documents that contain specific contents – Using grepWin

Background

After so many years using Windows I will like to say I get how to find documents that contain specific contents.

But, in all honesty, I occasionally still stumble with the Window Explorer Interface.

 

Habits

Habits are easy to form, and bad ones are hard to break.

But, may be if I start trying out other tools, I will eventually find one, where I don’t dither as often.

 

grepWin

The first tool that I found via Googling is grepWin and so let us try it out.

 

Download

I do not have permission to install software on my work laptop and so I need a portable, no install, option.

Downloaded Portable version from here.

 

Use

Launch

To use just right click on the file an run as an Administrator.

 

Search

Details

In the Screenshot below, we are doing the following:

    1. Search In :-
      • Targeted Folder is C:\Personal\dadeniji\blog
    2. Search Type :-
      1. Options :- Regex or Text Search
      2. Choice :- Easy as Sunday morning, Text Search
    3. Search For :-
      • Proxy
        • Search for files that have the word Proxy in them
    4. Options :-
      • Search case-sensitive
        • No – Skip burden of sensitivity searches
    5. Limit Search :-
      • Include System items
        • No – Skip system files
      • Include Subfolders
          • Yes, we we want a deep search and not just the current targeted folder

    • Include Binary files
      • No – Skip Binary files
      • Binary files are compiled application code
      • Often files with extension exe, com
    • File name match
      • *.sql
        • I am a lowly DBA and so I would likely have offered up *.sql as the file extension

Image

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Query Results

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