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Author Topic: help searching word.rtf from farr?  (Read 948 times)


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help searching word.rtf from farr?
« on: July 26, 2015, 10:55:48 PM »
Im a unversity student doing my masters degree and find that Im constantly requiring to find references of words within my dropbox account. I don't have anyway of doing in currently but my request sounds simple enough?

I was using a macbook pro before and i could use spotlight to search within MS word .rtf documents for say "foresight" within the dropbox directory but I can't do easily under Windows 8.1.

Can someone point me in the right direction with FARR?

Just a tiny bit frustrated after spending the whole morning on this.



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Re: help searching word.rtf from farr?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2015, 03:16:51 AM »
FARR doesn't search INSIDE files -- you're going to need a different app for that.
There are some good free ones.  Agent Ransack is one i like: https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack


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Re: help searching word.rtf from farr?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 05:37:52 PM »
icemanmelb, the command line tool Silver Searcher (windows port of Ag) can search for strings inside a lot of files quickly.

You can make a FARR alias that searches with Silver Searcher and displays the result in FARR.
Make a new alias. Put this in the regex box
ag (.*)
and put this in the results box (edit the paths to match the folders on your computer)
ag.exe $$1 | showmemo . ;;; appcapappendmemo "C:\path\to\ag.exe" $$1 C:\path\to\dropboxfolder

This uses the memo view and clears the view for each new search.