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Apps with 'Search-in-files' feature

  1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS volumes on your computer (hence the name...

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    1.  LightweightEverything consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableEverything can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Locate files and folders by name instantly.
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  2. Recoll icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
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    This package is a personal full text search package which is based on a very strong backend (Xapian), for which it provides an easy to use and feature-rich interface.

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    1.  Full-Text SearchRecoll lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    2.  Dark ModeRecoll supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  3. DocFetcher is a portable German/English open source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository.

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    1.  Full-Text SearchDocFetcher lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    2.  PortableDocFetcher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Shared FoldersDocFetcher supports shared folders that can be used to store, search, and access files with multiple people.
    Filter panel and preview panel enabled
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  4. Agent Ransack is a tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack also displays the text found. Users can then quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file!

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    Search results, showing the contents view docked below the file list view:
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  5. Commander One is dual-pane file manager for OS X created in Swift, which enables you to manage your files in the best possible way.

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  6. Text Replacer allows performing mass replacement of multiple occurrences of text in selected files or folders.

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  7. SeekFast icon
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
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    SeekFast is a software tool for quick and easy text search on your computer. SeekFast can search in all Microsoft Word documents (doc), PDF, RTF and text files in a folder and its subfolders on your computer.

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    EasyGrep is an easy to use Windows grep software which allows you to search within files on your computer. Supports text based searches as well as regex searches. Supports Notepad++.

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    1.  PortableEasyGrep can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  9. Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows.

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  10. Progetto Video Manager is a free "performer centric" software born to manage your collection of clips, movies, TV series and pictures. PVM will try to retrieve movie infos, covers, backdrops and performers from TMDb.

    "The Boat That Rocked"'s data sheet seen from Progetto Video Manager interface.
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  11. Basic code for searching files in all drives. In comments there is code to upload file to remote php server but not finished. - reuniware/DriveIntelligence-FileSearch

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  12. With iAnnotate you can read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages!

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  13. AndroSearch icon
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
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    Search INSIDE documents/files on your device like no other files manager/finder do.

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    1.  Full-Text SearchAndroSearch lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    Discontinued

    no new version since 2017no working website anymorehttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chocosoft.as&hl=gsw&gl=US

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  14. DtPad is a Windows text editor, developed with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and identified by many advanced features, including HTML and XML code management, search in files, search with regular expressions, note mode (light window in foreground), built-in multilanguage support...

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  15. Search and replace text and raw bytes in multiple files. Features include: multi-line text entry; full support for RegEx with syntax highlighting and match substitutions; built-in hex editor to replace bytes; wildcards and case-sensitivity; Unicode.

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    1.  Batch EditingBatch File Replace allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    2.  PortableBatch File Replace can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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