The search for a search utility
March 23, 2014 5:25 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a great utility that will let me search for text strings within MS Word and PDF documents. Specifics within ...
posted by Crotalus to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I use Windows 8.1. I'm not a computer super user, so I suspect this question will be easy for many of you. I want a utility that will let me search for text strings within MS Word and PDF files. I do lots of searches like: "fear of crime", socioeconomic, "perceived risk". I'd like a tool that would then pull up all files that have these terms in them. Being able to search within specific folders or sets of folders, and being able to specify things like case sensitivity or how far apart two particular strings are in a given document would be a bonus. Free is great. Free and portable is super great. But I'd pay a small fee for a really terrific utility. I despise hitting the start button to search that way, because the "metro" crap fills up my entire 30" monitor, and I'm often typing the search screens off a document in another window. That's why I'd like a stand-alone utility.