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    Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    Fossil here - remembering the days of local fully-indexed fieldless database programs like AskSam and dTSearch, which read Word files rather well. I'm also without VB skills. Supposing I had 20,000 short, more-or-less-looking-like-a letter Word files, 97 and 2000 format, all Win, all USEnglish. There might be an occasional embedded image or spreadsheet - indexing the tag for that would be sufficient, if it's a big deal to index the content.

    A CD has to go out to a bunch of people with all sorts of (Win) versions of Word. There may even be a couple of WP 9-11 types. Has anyone seen a cheap or free addon, VB or Access gizmo, frontend to the Windows 2000/XP fulldisk indexing thing, etc? Even $150 for dtSearch is out of the question.

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    Hi Frank:
    Take a look at Advanced Find & Replace. You can also search the Software forum.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    Thanks, Phil. Do you use this ASR program? Of course it's not indexed, and a couple of things scare me in its FAQ - paraphrasing -

    "Don't use the OLE option if your Word is English; it slows search by 10x. Most Word files have text section. Just search as text."

    "An errmsg will tell you if Norton AV is active for Office. Turn it off."

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    I'm not aware of any free or low-cost "local search" products that have unlimited, royalty-free distribution. In fact, most of the ones I've read about seem more oriented to a web server environment than a PC with an unknown software environment. In theory you could build your own using MSDE (the desktop edition of SQL Server) or MySQL, both of which support full text indexing, but it could be quite an undertaking. Speaking of MySQL, maybe there are some open source efforts? You could try SourceForge and see if that turns anything up. As for the stability of the half-finished projects, you takes your chances with free software. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    Hi Frank:
    I have not. I should have indicated that when I responded. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> It's something I searched for a long time ago, downloaded, but never used it. I would agree with Jefferson's comments, though. When making global or complex replacements & you're using unfamiliar sofware (& even familiar software), it's best to make duplicate files & work on those.

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Thanks folks. I'm currently playing with the free version of this:

    http://diskmeta.com/

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    I took a look at that. For some reason, I thought you were trying to make global changes. I can't tell if the software you've mentioned creates indices for you. For purely text searches, take a look at <post#=20401>post 20401</post#>.

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    Re: Fulltext Search of Word Files ((many))

    Diskmeta does indeed index. My first index directory is about 3MB for 58MB of .DOCs and text. There's a picture index file, and it doesn't do pictures, so I'll remain puzzled over what it does with 600kB of index for that, other than display 5kB of meta tags (g).

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