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    Search term not found (2000/SR-1)

    When I use Search for a File or Folder from the Windows Start button, it identifies a series of Word documents that are supposed to contain the search term. However, when I open the documents and use Find with the same search term, many of them (most, in fact) say that the term is not found. Any ideas as to why this happens and what I can do about it?

    Actually, it would be ideal if there some way to search across documents in a folder and automatically display the occurences of the search term within the context. I think that I ran across a shareware to do this a couple of years ago, but I no longer have it.

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    Caroline

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    Re: Search term not found (2000/SR-1)

    Word's search feature should check all of the body text, headers, footers, footnotes, endnotes, etc. I'm not sure it searches in comments, and it almost certainly does not reach into the document properties and other "metadata" that Windows search might be able to see. Any chance that the missing text is in one of those places?

    As for a "hit viewer," we use the viewers formerly sold by Inso ("Inside Out" or "QuickView Plus"); they are now marketed by a different company whose name slips my mind...

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    Re: Search term not found (2000/SR-1)

    If you're looking for a better search utility for files, I posted one called Wilbur under Software (soon the Lounge search facility will be back). It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
    Cheers,

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    Re: Search term not found (2000/SR-1)

    Phil;

    Sorry to pick up old thread but I have just begun working with Wilbur. Thanks for the tip. Coming out of WP environment, I really miss lightening fast file searches right from open dialogue - oh well. Wilbur seems a good alternative. I am new to Word and have no experience writing macros. Do you have the macro for running Wilbur right out of Word by double licking on any document word and then using keyboard shortcut? I tried using the macro language on the Wilbur site but keep getting syntax problem in Word 2002. Thanks for any help you can give.

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    Re: Search term not found (2000/SR-1)

    Hi Rick:
    I don't have a macro to use with Wilbur. To be honest, I never looked at that on their site & didn't even know it would take VBA (or maybe it doesn't). I just use a shortcut key to start it (I use Alt+Ctrl+W), the way you can with any application in Windows. I suppose a macro would be faster, but you could always use Ctrl+C to copy a word, start Wilbur, & then paste the word.

    Another issue you might have is that it's best to have several smaller indexes with Wilbur, if possible, rather than one large one. Wilbur will open the last one used, so you would also have to switch indexes, or at least check before you start a search.
    Cheers,

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