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Find In Files Help

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Help / Find In Files Help - 20 Jun 2013 15:04

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The find in files tool implements a powerful search which can find files with matching names or matching content. It can also show and extract the matching content within any of those files.

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The search starts from the folder which was current when〔Find〕was tapped. The search is recursive, entering all included subfolders. It does not enter subfolders which are Archives however. You can start a search in an Archive folder, if required.

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1 What You Can See

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A list of files which match the current search.

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For name searches the matching text (filename or comment) is highlighted in purple.

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2 What You Can Do

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3 Toolbar

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Go To


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Returns to the File Manager and takes you to folder of the chosen file. Shows when a file has been chosen.

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Return

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Returns to the File Manager and leaves you in whatever folder you were in before.

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Stop

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Touch and hold to interrupt a search.
Only shows while the search is being performed.

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Search text   

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Holds the text which will form the basis of the search [more (below)].

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Name   
   Content

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Toggles between searching in file names and searching in the document content.

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Brings up this file

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Find

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Instigates the specified search. Shows when the search text has been updated.

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Tab

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Tabs or untabs the chosen file

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4 Search Text

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4.1 Filename Search

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If a single word is given, it will match any occurrence of that text within a filename. If several words are given, they will match any filename which includes all the words within it somewhere. If you want to match a single whole word, simply follow it with a space: ‘the ’ will match only ‘the’, and not ‘then’ etc. Use plain double quotes to force a phrase with a space in it to be treated as a phrase rather than separate words.

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The search is case insensitive.

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If an extension is included after the text, the search will be limited to just files of that type, so ‘report .txt’ will match any text file with ‘report’ in its name. Several extensions can be specified. Additionally ‘.prose’ is accepted as a shorthand for ‘.prose.html’.

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The search normally checks files only and ignores folders. The search can be limited to folder names by preceding the text with ‘/’, for example ‘/icon’ will find all folders which include the text ‘icon’.

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4.2 Content Search

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The content search accepts the same ‘.ext’ to limit the search to specific filetypes as the filename search. Without the extension limitation, content searches are limited to just ProseEdit documents and text files.

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In addition, the search qualifiers of the Document Index search are accepted, allowing the search to be limited in scope to certain types of chunk, or made to check specific content [more].

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Including a qualifier automatically limits the search to just ProseEdit documents.

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Using a content qualifier without a pattern will match all occurences of that type of chunk. For example searching for ‘task:’ will find all documents which include at least one task chunk. Viewing the details of any matching file will then list all the task chunks within it.

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Content searching is not quick by any stretch of the imagination - please be patient (it is faster than you looking through each file yourself...).

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5 Subtle Features

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You can speed up the search by starting as far down the folder tree as possible.

Similarly copying just the files of interest to their own folder can improve searching times dramatically.

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