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    Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Using "Start - Search - For Files or Folders" - trying to find a text file with specific content in a directory or sub-directory. Sadly XP never returns any files. I have the following criteria specified:

    All or part of the filename = *.sql
    A word or phrase in the file = SELECT
    Look in = C:MY DOCUMENTSSQL SCRIPTS
    When was it modified = Don't Remember
    What size is it = Don't Remember
    More Advanced Options:
    Search System Folders
    Search Hidden Files and Folders
    Search Subfolders

    Now I KNOW there are files in this directory with SELECT in them - but XP comes back and tells me there are no files matching this criteria... Any suggestions anyone?

    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Steve,

    Do you have the option
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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    I didn't know that option existed - but having checked it - the problem still exists...

    What scares me is that there was an option to turn on advanced searching. Surely if I choose some advanced options it should use advanced searching automatically! Micro$oft usability labs probably said it was better this way I guess :-(

    Oh well..

    Thanks for your suggestion hlewton - I guess I'll keep hunting and see what I can find.

    Steve.

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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Steve,

    The only other suggestions I would have is to make sure you are allowing the file extension you are looking for to be displayed under the
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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Tried that too sadly... It's weird - I'm a DOS 2 -> Windows XP veteran - you'd think using the search functionality wouldn't be that hard :-)

    If I don't specify any 'contents' then it finds the files fine. It's only if I say - "find me one that includes a phrase" that it finds nothing..

    I don't need to index the drive do I before content searches work?

    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Steve,

    I
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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Does Q309447 help?

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    Re: Content search never finds any files (XP Pro)

    Thanks Stuart -
    Well it helps in that it explains why my search doesn't find any files.. But sadly as Microsoft hasn't deigned to include .SQL in its list of file types that people are allowed to search the contents of, the patch won't fix the issue :-(.

    This is utterly rediculous that Microsoft should suddenly DECIDE what file types we are and are not allowed to search the contents of!

    The best solution would be to allow users to specify which extension types to include/exclude from the search via a checkbox in the properties for each file type.

    At worst, at least search the contents of a file type if the user types it into the file name box. Ie if I put *.sql in as my file type - it should search the contents of the .sql files..

    All in all a REALLY crap addition to Windows functionality.

    Thanks again for your help... I think I'll downgrade back to Windows 2000 - there are too many new "Features" in Windows XP that really suck..

    Cheers,
    Steve.

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