Search within files?

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Sparky
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Search within files?

Post by Sparky » Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:12 am

Are there any plans to add the ability to search for text within files?

David
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Re: Search within files?

Post by David » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:52 am

I do have plans for limited file content searching.

However, I would recommend alternative software for searching file content as this is not something that "Everything" is designed to do.

Sparky
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Re: Search within files?

Post by Sparky » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:54 pm

David wrote:I do have plans for limited file content searching.

However, I would recommend alternative software for searching file content as this is not something that "Everything" is designed to do.
Which particular utilities would you recommend for this? I'm particularly interested in ones that are portable. Thanks

Function
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Re: Search within files?

Post by Function » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:23 pm

I know that locate32 has a feature to do old-school search within files as an option in one of the tabs (but the files aren't indexed). It would be great if Everything allowed for a something along those lines

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Re: Search within files?

Post by David » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:21 am

Try Copernic Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search for indexing file content.

Searching file content (no indexing) with "Everything" is on my wish list.

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Re: Search within files?

Post by webmage » Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:22 am

I have to agree with you David. Everything has already saved me a few hours of time in a little less than two weeks.
I can leave it open all day as it uses only 24-30megs of ram.

If it had search within files it would become cumbersome and slow and take up tons off ram.
Those are the reasons I do NOT have google destkop search, the new windows search or copernic.
Maybe when i get 16GB ram and a terrabyte of storage, I'll use one of those.

For now, Everything is beautiful at what it does.
Compact, Fast, Efficient.

jjk
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Re: Search within files?

Post by jjk » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:33 am

David wrote:Searching file content (no indexing) with "Everything" is on my wish list.
Please, David, don't add weight to EVTH. It is so efficient currently.
Or, at least, put an option in order to users can not use that feature.
As everybody knows, the most important merit and the awesome particularity of EVTH is its quickness of indexing/searching.

To Sparky :
There are so much tools, even freeware, that do search txt in files.
Just try Agent Ransack at mythicsoft.com

DickPape
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Copernic was not my solution

Post by DickPape » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:31 am

I had my hopes at first but I had to get rid of Copernic as kept getting "Catastrophic failure" msgs. It could not be relied upon to correctly catalogue my files -- would get varying file counts every time I had to start over. It would not consistently log selected files to its db (font files only). It could not maintain a keyword db larger than(3?)gb.

Commercial version was no apparent answer. Very disappointing.

rando
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Re: Search within files?

Post by rando » Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:57 pm

I would like as well to have the possibility to search within files. :D

Still have to use two programs.
Everything + agent ransack

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Re: Search within files?

Post by Magritte » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:15 pm

I don't know if it's possible, but if you can access Windows Desktop search through an API I think that might be a useful addition for searching content and as well as non-file data (e-mail, outlook notes, etc.). Since Vista and Windows 7 have Windows search integrated and many people are probably using it on XP through download, it's better to integrate its results rather than implement a content searching feature within Everything.

I've tweaked my Windows search settings to index content only on a select list of folders where it's sometimes useful as well as indexing my e-mail and Outlook data. But it's too resource hungry to turn it on for everything. That's where Everything comes in as it's very lean and efficient and I tend to use long filenames specifically to make searching easier. However, sometimes I have to do 2 searches to find what I need, once in Everything and if that fails I'll search in Windows. I can't always remember if I stored some critical note in a txt file or as an Outlook note, etc. If a button could expand the Everything search to include results from the Windows search index I think that could be both efficient and useful.

w4r3zh4ck™
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Re: Search within files?

Post by w4r3zh4ck™ » Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:46 am

Searchcing in files is a good idea when u wanna find something on texts
by the way Notepad++ is designed for this job ;)

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