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Search ODT files with Windows 10 file explorer

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:31 pm
by sgjourney
I make lists using .odt files and I would like to make them searchable using file explorer/Windows 10. Is this possible??

Re: OpenDocument text

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:39 pm
by RoryOF
The easiest way may be to Save As and select text format; this will have no formatting.

Re: OpenDocument text

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:15 pm
by John_Ha
The contents of .odt files are searchable by Windows.

Create a new .odt document with the word zebra in it. Save it as fred.odt. Search for zebra and Windows will find fred.odt.

If it does not go Windows > Settings (gear wheel) > Search > Searching Windows > Advanced search indexer settings > Advanced > File types ..., and make sure .odt is set to Index properties and file contents.

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It it still does not work use Windows Help? Troubleshooter? to repair? rebuild? the Index and/or the Search function, and check the Search Service is running. See Windows 7 Search for ODT files not found (Ver 4.1.7)

Showing that a problem has been solved helps others searching so, if your problem is now solved, please view your first post in this thread and click the Edit button (top right in the post) and add [Solved] in front of the subject.

Re: Search ODT files with Windows 10 file explorer

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:08 pm
by Villeroy
If you read German: http://mechtilde.de/Loook/
Loook is a Python program to look up keywords in ODF documents and http://mechtilde.de/Loook/Downloads/loook-0.8.6.exe is the Windows installer.
If your files contain nothing but lists, plain text instead of ODF would be the simple solution.

Re: Search ODT files with Windows 10 file explorer

PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:39 pm
by Hagar Delest
Docfetcher is another good one.

Please add [Solved] at the beginning of the title in your first post (top of the topic) with the *EDIT button if your issue has been fixed.

Re: Search ODT files with Windows 10 file explorer

PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:44 pm
by Bill
Use the terms "ifilter" and "solved" in the forum search box to find some possible solutions. OpenOffice installs the IFilter that Windows Search uses to index OpenDocument Format files.