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    what is wrong with ms search/find?? is there a guide to making it work right ??

    running into quirk/bug/feature of ms search/find when i use it
    i am searching for specific words inside files

    example - i search for << symbiotic >> and get oodles of hits
    but when i open a file and search in the file for << symbiotic >>
    it cant be found in the file

    i can repeat with other key words that i know are in documents i created or files that i saved for reference that contained them

    why does it return files with out the word i requested ?
    why does it think they are there when i cant find them in the file ?
    i put spaces around the word in the search box so it would not give me embedded similars

    is there a guide to using search in some sort of advanced mode with some syntax that can control the search better ?

    what other (not too expensive) program could i use that would let me fully control the searches and actually retrieve what i want to find

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    Which version of Windows?

    Joe

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    xpprosp3 and 98se
    both have the problem

    is this user error
    or just a 'feature'

    i think now that win search is looking for any string that matches
    so when i search for a word it is not found via that search

    i would still like to find a free/cheap search program that works BETTER with more options to zero in on exactly what i want - better than google

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    Do you have Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP installed?

    Joe

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    probably not
    i have what ever shipped with the orignal pc

    i will look at the link you gave
    thanks !

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    Do you have Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP installed?

    Joe

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