Search function not working

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Worked yesterday!

Since Word no longer allows you to conduct a search, when I need to look for
a document I have been using Windows Explorer. I navigate to the directory I
want to search, type a word or phrase in the appropriate box, mark it to
search all files and subfolders, and it will search accordingly.

Today, the function no longer works. I have tested it by searching a very
small subdirectory for a document which contains an unsual word I know is
there, yet it tells me no documents containing the phrase are found. I did a
test by searching for my boss' name, which should be in the computer
thousands of times, and even though I've told it to search the "Insurance"
directory, it returns results for only a very few documents, all in the
f:\data directory (none in any of the subdirectories). It appears that even
though the option to search all files, folder, subdirectories, etc., is
chosen, it isn't looking everywhere.

I've rebooted more than once, I've even powered the machine off completely
and let it rest for 5+ minutes before starting it back up, still nothing.

Anyone have any ideas? This is a function I use very often so any help
would be appreciated!!

Thanks!
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Windows® XP - Search Problems - Containing Text:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_bad_search.htm

    Additional Note:
    <quote>

    WinXP's search function filters out files to search in based on file
    extensions (see further below).

    Install the free Agent Ransack, it searches for text strings in *all*
    types of files, and not just in a selection of "approved" file extensions
    as the built-in search does. It's a *much* better search tool as well...

    http://www.agentransack.com/default.aspx

    Agent Ransack can save the search result to a file (or clipboard), as text,
    comma separated text or tab separated text. E.g. Excel reads comma separated
    text (csv) very well.

    </quote>

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    "Boltsfan2029" <Boltsfan2029@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:CDA4BE7E-7F1C-4EFF-96A7-346CE614D487@microsoft.com...
    > Worked yesterday!
    >
    > Since Word no longer allows you to conduct a search, when I need to look
    > for
    > a document I have been using Windows Explorer. I navigate to the
    > directory I
    > want to search, type a word or phrase in the appropriate box, mark it to
    > search all files and subfolders, and it will search accordingly.
    >
    > Today, the function no longer works. I have tested it by searching a very
    > small subdirectory for a document which contains an unsual word I know is
    > there, yet it tells me no documents containing the phrase are found. I
    > did a
    > test by searching for my boss' name, which should be in the computer
    > thousands of times, and even though I've told it to search the "Insurance"
    > directory, it returns results for only a very few documents, all in the
    > f:\data directory (none in any of the subdirectories). It appears that
    > even
    > though the option to search all files, folder, subdirectories, etc., is
    > chosen, it isn't looking everywhere.
    >
    > I've rebooted more than once, I've even powered the machine off completely
    > and let it rest for 5+ minutes before starting it back up, still nothing.
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas? This is a function I use very often so any help
    > would be appreciated!!
    >
    > Thanks!
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Thanks -- I'll check this out, but I'm not sure this is the problem. The
    search function worked perfectly until a few days ago, when it suddenly just
    quit. I'm interested in the Agent Ransack program -- although the Windows
    search used to work fine, it was a pain in the neck.

    Thanks again.

    "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

    > Windows® XP - Search Problems - Containing Text:
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_bad_search.htm
    >
    > Additional Note:
    > <quote>
    >
    > WinXP's search function filters out files to search in based on file
    > extensions (see further below).
    >
    > Install the free Agent Ransack, it searches for text strings in *all*
    > types of files, and not just in a selection of "approved" file extensions
    > as the built-in search does. It's a *much* better search tool as well...
    >
    > http://www.agentransack.com/default.aspx
    >
    > Agent Ransack can save the search result to a file (or clipboard), as text,
    > comma separated text or tab separated text. E.g. Excel reads comma separated
    > text (csv) very well.
    >
    > </quote>
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP Shell/User
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >
    >
    > "Boltsfan2029" <Boltsfan2029@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:CDA4BE7E-7F1C-4EFF-96A7-346CE614D487@microsoft.com...
    > > Worked yesterday!
    > >
    > > Since Word no longer allows you to conduct a search, when I need to look
    > > for
    > > a document I have been using Windows Explorer. I navigate to the
    > > directory I
    > > want to search, type a word or phrase in the appropriate box, mark it to
    > > search all files and subfolders, and it will search accordingly.
    > >
    > > Today, the function no longer works. I have tested it by searching a very
    > > small subdirectory for a document which contains an unsual word I know is
    > > there, yet it tells me no documents containing the phrase are found. I
    > > did a
    > > test by searching for my boss' name, which should be in the computer
    > > thousands of times, and even though I've told it to search the "Insurance"
    > > directory, it returns results for only a very few documents, all in the
    > > f:\data directory (none in any of the subdirectories). It appears that
    > > even
    > > though the option to search all files, folder, subdirectories, etc., is
    > > chosen, it isn't looking everywhere.
    > >
    > > I've rebooted more than once, I've even powered the machine off completely
    > > and let it rest for 5+ minutes before starting it back up, still nothing.
    > >
    > > Anyone have any ideas? This is a function I use very often so any help
    > > would be appreciated!!
    > >
    > > Thanks!
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You're welcome!

    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    "Boltsfan2029" <Boltsfan2029@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6CBC5405-BA7F-43C8-8A99-1AC9547BFBBF@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks -- I'll check this out, but I'm not sure this is the problem. The
    > search function worked perfectly until a few days ago, when it suddenly
    > just
    > quit. I'm interested in the Agent Ransack program -- although the Windows
    > search used to work fine, it was a pain in the neck.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> Windows® XP - Search Problems - Containing Text:
    >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_bad_search.htm
    >>
    >> Additional Note:
    >> <quote>
    >>
    >> WinXP's search function filters out files to search in based on file
    >> extensions (see further below).
    >>
    >> Install the free Agent Ransack, it searches for text strings in *all*
    >> types of files, and not just in a selection of "approved" file extensions
    >> as the built-in search does. It's a *much* better search tool as well...
    >>
    >> http://www.agentransack.com/default.aspx
    >>
    >> Agent Ransack can save the search result to a file (or clipboard), as
    >> text,
    >> comma separated text or tab separated text. E.g. Excel reads comma
    >> separated
    >> text (csv) very well.
    >>
    >> </quote>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    >> Windows XP Shell/User
    >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
    >>
    >>
    >> "Boltsfan2029" <Boltsfan2029@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:CDA4BE7E-7F1C-4EFF-96A7-346CE614D487@microsoft.com...
    >> > Worked yesterday!
    >> >
    >> > Since Word no longer allows you to conduct a search, when I need to
    >> > look
    >> > for
    >> > a document I have been using Windows Explorer. I navigate to the
    >> > directory I
    >> > want to search, type a word or phrase in the appropriate box, mark it
    >> > to
    >> > search all files and subfolders, and it will search accordingly.
    >> >
    >> > Today, the function no longer works. I have tested it by searching a
    >> > very
    >> > small subdirectory for a document which contains an unsual word I know
    >> > is
    >> > there, yet it tells me no documents containing the phrase are found. I
    >> > did a
    >> > test by searching for my boss' name, which should be in the computer
    >> > thousands of times, and even though I've told it to search the
    >> > "Insurance"
    >> > directory, it returns results for only a very few documents, all in the
    >> > f:\data directory (none in any of the subdirectories). It appears that
    >> > even
    >> > though the option to search all files, folder, subdirectories, etc., is
    >> > chosen, it isn't looking everywhere.
    >> >
    >> > I've rebooted more than once, I've even powered the machine off
    >> > completely
    >> > and let it rest for 5+ minutes before starting it back up, still
    >> > nothing.
    >> >
    >> > Anyone have any ideas? This is a function I use very often so any help
    >> > would be appreciated!!
    >> >
    >> > Thanks!
    >>
    >>
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