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    File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Obviously, Word's file searching capailties are pretty disappointing. Neither the task bar search nor the File/Open dialogue searches work well for me. Lots of reasons why which are not really important. I was wondering if the forum could recommend a file finder program. I am looking for three things:

    speed
    ability to search in all file formats (including WP)
    File viewing in something close to what it looks like in the associated application.

    I have tried Wilbur and like most of it except the viewer. Is there anything that is Wilbur with a more robust viewer? Does not need to be free. I note on this forum that many use the windows file finder rather than Word capabiliites. Maybe the way to go is a replacement for the windows file finder, something with viewing capabilities. I suppose that upgrade to XP would do this but corporate setting necessitates WIn2K.

    Thanks for the help I regularly find here.

    Rick

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    I don't know if you might find something to your liking at this link or not but it's worth a look. Try starting under File Tools.

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    That actually sounds like a pretty tall order. There are lots of viewers around, and lots of text search/ find utilities, but I don't know of such an all-embracing single program. The best I can think of for word processor document viewing is Quick View Plus and those <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> ones I know for searching are:

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Hi Rick:
    Could you tell me what problems you find with the Wilbur viewer? You do know that you can expand what is seen by pressing the + key on the numpad.

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Phil;

    I love the speed and accuracy of Wilbur. And also the price :-) But in the viewer I was looking for something that would approximate what the doc would look like in the native app. I find I recognize documents as much by overall look as actual text contained. Does that make sense? I guess the best way to explain is that I am looking for a viewer that does basically what Quick View Plus does. I have that on a 30 day trial and love the view but alas no searching capabilities. Wed those two programs and you have made me a happy camper. I have seen Wilbur's optional view but it appears to just contain text and none of the original formatting. I am using Wilbur at present and basically happy but just exploring if there is anything that can address the viewer thing. Thanks for your help.

    Rick

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    I don't use Wilbur myself, but if you have a look at the Wilbur Features you'll find:
    "Quickview Support
    Once Wilbur has found the files containing your search targets, it will display their contents in a simple text format. If you are running Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, a single mouse click will display the file in Quickview or Quickview Plus. It is also possible to have Wilbur synchronize the Quickview contents with which ever file is currently selected in Wilbur. Wilbur also supports popping up the context menu with a right mouse click in a manner similar to Explorer. "

    That looks like the answer you're after.

    Alan

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> Nice find. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30> I've been using Wilbur for years & never bothered to look for that.

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    In this very useful thread, I would like to ask if anyone has come across a program like these that works in numerous languages, specifically Hebrew.
    Thanks

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Phil and others,

    Does wilbur do email searches like google desktop. I have made a *.pst index and when I initiate a search, I get a buffer over - run. Other than that wilbur (in my limited use time) I find wilber search output easier to sort through!

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Hi Claude:
    I don't use Outlook for email. However, I just tried indexing *.pst files. Wilbur indexes text files & *.pst files don't appear to be text files, so you can't read them in Wilbur (even though it does index them). I just looked at pst files with Quick View Plus & it seems that pst files are in hexidecimal format. That's too bad because I use Netscape for email & Wilbur does index the email files for Netscape.

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    Re: File finder Recommendation (Word 2002 Win2K)

    Rick,

    Check out MSN Toolbar Suite Beta with MSN Desktop Search. It will search WP files and normal MS files including e-mail. See the "searchable file types" link. NOTE: it is beta software, so be careful and don't expect a completely polished product.

    Joe
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