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  • Searching for the content "It works!" returns all files containing "it" or "works".  Have tried the phrase with and without quotes.  Have also tried adding "Content:" and "Content:=" before the quoted and unquoted phrase.

    If it's true that Windows is incapable of finding exact matches (too inept to be true), where is the feedback link?

    Thanks.

    Saturday, July 9, 2011 5:25 AM

Answers

  • Open Windows Explorer.

    Select Organize at the top left.

    Select Folder and search options.

    Select Search Tab.

    Select "use natural language search"

    Select OK

    Close out.

    Click Start=> type "it works"

    This may assist also: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/technicalresources/advquery.mspx

    To match a specific string literally, without it being interpreted as a keyword, you can use double quotation marks. Words in a search query entered between quotation marks are matched exactly, in the order they were entered.

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, July 18, 2011 9:17 AM
    Sunday, July 10, 2011 11:44 AM
  • Yes, it is indeed too inept to be believed.  Trying to get Windows Search to do anything reasonable is a losing proposition.  It's a badly designed feature that's been poorly implemented, and simply not worth your time.

    If you really, really want to be sure you can find something inside a file, I recommend downloading and installing the freeware package grepWin.

    You bring it up by right-clicking on the folder you want to root the search from.  The user interface is a bit geeky, but it's very powerful and and do things like find Unicode text, and text in files Windows Search can't see into.

    -Noel


    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, July 18, 2011 9:17 AM
    Sunday, July 10, 2011 11:14 PM

All replies

  • Open Windows Explorer.

    Select Organize at the top left.

    Select Folder and search options.

    Select Search Tab.

    Select "use natural language search"

    Select OK

    Close out.

    Click Start=> type "it works"

    This may assist also: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/technicalresources/advquery.mspx

    To match a specific string literally, without it being interpreted as a keyword, you can use double quotation marks. Words in a search query entered between quotation marks are matched exactly, in the order they were entered.

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, July 18, 2011 9:17 AM
    Sunday, July 10, 2011 11:44 AM
  • Yes, it is indeed too inept to be believed.  Trying to get Windows Search to do anything reasonable is a losing proposition.  It's a badly designed feature that's been poorly implemented, and simply not worth your time.

    If you really, really want to be sure you can find something inside a file, I recommend downloading and installing the freeware package grepWin.

    You bring it up by right-clicking on the folder you want to root the search from.  The user interface is a bit geeky, but it's very powerful and and do things like find Unicode text, and text in files Windows Search can't see into.

    -Noel


    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, July 18, 2011 9:17 AM
    Sunday, July 10, 2011 11:14 PM
  • FYI, this fix did not work on Windows Server 2008: still found file with right words in wrong order.  I'll go over to the Server 2008 forum to see if they have any ideas.  Too bad Windows Search does not work the same everywhere.
    Monday, May 21, 2012 9:26 PM