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Search Microsoft Word document and search excel files

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This article is about searching text in word document. It answers questions: what is word (.doc) file, why should we use this file format and what is the best way to search it for text. What is Word (DOC) and Excel (XLS) file?

DOC and .XLS - file format of MS Office application. MS Office includes powerful text processor (.doc file format).  

Why do I need to search in Microsoft Word or in Excel files?

Just because it takes too much time to open each file. 

What is the simplest solution to search in Word or in Excel files.

We created File Search Assistant to make your search fast and effective.

 

.DOC and .XLS - file format of MS Office application. MS Office includes powerful text processor (.doc file format).Office helps organizations and their employees transform information into impact. New and familiar products, features, and functionality improve how people and organizations connect to people, information, and business processes.

You should run File Search Assistant, put your search criteria and click "Search" button.

 

Put  *.XLS  mask in "File Name" field. You will tell FSA to search only for XLS files.

1. Put  *.DOC mask in "File Name" field. You will tell FSA to search only for DOC files.

2. Use "Search in" drop list to specify location to search in.

3. Put keywords you want to find in "Keyword" field.

Useful notes: 

  • Use custom search options to create custom search groups - it will make you search faster. Read more in on-line manual.
  • Using custom search options allows to skip step where you specify search mask and path to search.
  • You can use regular expressions as a keyword. For example +dog -cat +"my cat"

OK. Now tell me how can your FSA be more effective that other excel or word search tools

Three key features makes FSA extremely useful:

Custom Search Options - you can point FSA to folders where your files are and where exactly you want to search in. Once you have created a search group you can use it for every other search. 

Preview Pane - Preview pane show you the small piece of file where keyword (or keywords if you search for some regular expression) was found. Specify your search criteria and click "search" button to learn how it works.

 

Preview pane show you the small piece of file where keyword (or keywords if you search for som regular expression) was found.

Preview pane shows you the small piece of file where keyword (or keywords if you search for som regular expression) was found.

 

FSA highlights found keyword(s) so you can decide whether you need this very file. If not - click "Next File" button. If you not sure - click "Next Fragment" button to show next text fragment with found keyword(s)

Search Report for Microsoft Word and Excel files

Any time you can generate search report from search results and make use of them later. 

FSA puts in search report:

  • text from found files with highlighted keywords;
  • information about found files - size, path and relevancy to search phrase;
  • link to found file so you can open it right from search report;

Tell me more about searching in Microsoft Word files and in Excel files

Download File Search Assistant for rapid search within many MS Word files with preview function.

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Search Speed
Depends on what computer you are using now. You can download FSA and try for free.

Can I use FSA to search in XLS as a binary file?

Anytime you can turn off "DOC to txt" filter. Then FSA will read DOC as a binary file.

 

If my DOC file is in ZIP archive, can FSA find text in it?

Yes, you just should check "search in zip files" checkbox.

 

Can it find DOC which is on network disk?

Yes FSA can search files on both local and network disks.

Get File Search Assistant

You can get File Search Assistant right now. It's a file search tool that allows to search for popular file types on local hard disk and across a network.

 

 

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