D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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Agent Ransack - Who needs Vista's search?

Sunday, August 12, 2007 4:35 PM

So I needed to search for a particular term within a set of files in a directory, which contained sub-directories of files. I figured this would be an easy feat given Vista's much-touted search functionality (or what seemed to be much touted...I seemed to think that search was a huge improvement in the OS anyway).

However, it appears that Vista will do a great job searching the name of files and folders based on your criteria, but there didn't seem to be a way to search files CONTAINING a particular search string. I was a little bummed...more peeved actually.

After a few quick Google hits, I came across Agent Ransack, a freeware program that is awesome for performing searches for terms located within files...including a preview of the line of text within the file containing the term.

Sorry Vista, you let me down on this one.



# re: Agent Ransack - Who needs Vista's search?

I had the same trouble with Vista a little while back where I couldn't find the option to search within files. I didn't spend much time trying to figure it out. Since searching within files was even possible with the built-in search tool in previous Windows versions (2000, XP), I figure it has got to be possible to do the same in Vista.

Also, I'm with you on Agent Ransack. I have it installed on my WinXP machine and it's very easy to use -- and as you said, the preview pane is terrific. I initially installed it because on this particular WinXP installation I have, the built-in search tool would fail from time-to-time. By "fail", I mean it would for some reason not even find files that I positively knew were there. I just stick with Agent Ransack on that machine these days. 8/12/2007 5:52 PM | Ben Amada

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