Search files and folders not searching on contents



Mike Ditka
07-10-2005, 12:32 AM
Something has gone wanky with the Search panel in Windows Explorer.

If I enter a word in the input area "A word or phrase in the file", it only
finds files that contain the word in the NAME of the file. (I didn't put
anything at all in the "All or part of the file name" input area.)

I just noticed -- the directory I'm searching is compressed.

Everything else reads compressed files transparently -- but the Search
feature in Windows Explorer can't??

(BTW this is on XP, completely up-to-date on critical updates.)

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Canned answer is to use the free 3rd party search program "Agent Ransack".

Mike Ditka wrote:

> Something has gone wanky with the Search panel in Windows Explorer.
>
> If I enter a word in the input area "A word or phrase in the file", it only
> finds files that contain the word in the NAME of the file. (I didn't put
> anything at all in the "All or part of the file name" input area.)
>
> I just noticed -- the directory I'm searching is compressed.
>
> Everything else reads compressed files transparently -- but the Search
> feature in Windows Explorer can't??
>
> (BTW this is on XP, completely up-to-date on critical updates.)
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Windows® XP - Search Problems - Containing Text:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_bad_search.htm

Additional Note - from Torgeir:
<quote>

WinXP's search function filters out files to search in based on file
extensions (see further below).

Install the free Agent Ransack, it searches for text strings in *all*
types of files, and not just in a selection of "approved" file extensions
as the built-in search does. It's a *much* better search tool as well...

http://www.agentransack.com/default.aspx

Agent Ransack can save the search result to a file (or clipboard), as text,
comma separated text or tab separated text. E.g. Excel reads comma separated
text (csv) very well.

</quote>

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Mike Ditka" <everybody@all.spam.com> wrote in message
news:eNWA82wWFHA.1404@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Something has gone wanky with the Search panel in Windows Explorer.
>
> If I enter a word in the input area "A word or phrase in the file", it
> only finds files that contain the word in the NAME of the file. (I didn't
> put anything at all in the "All or part of the file name" input area.)
>
> I just noticed -- the directory I'm searching is compressed.
>
> Everything else reads compressed files transparently -- but the Search
> feature in Windows Explorer can't??
>
> (BTW this is on XP, completely up-to-date on critical updates.)
>


Search files and folders not searching on contents