[Solved] Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt

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[Solved] Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt

Postby enbeng » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:25 am

I have Microsoft Windows XP enhanced search utility and am doing a search for words that I know are in odt files but it is unable to find them. When I look at the search utility's Options menu I see that extensions of the files include odt files. However when I open the odt file with Notepad, I dont see the words that I had put in there so it must all be encrypted. I havent instructed OpenOffice Write to encrypt my files when saving. When I check Write's options, I dont see any of the password or encryption mechanisms set. What is the reason words inside odt files are not registering in the XP search utility? I downloaded the XP enhanced search utility from Microsoft website. Amazingly the search function that is native to XP (with the dog) can find the words inside odt files. The benefit of using the enhanced search utility was that it can search for more than one word at the same time. But if it is unable to search inside odt files thats not very useful. I see in a previous post about Windows 7 search, Copernic was recommended over Windows' own search. Is it still a good, safe alternative?
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Re: Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt file

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:20 am

Hi and welcome to the forum!

XP doesn't index ODF files IIRC.
Personally, I use Copernic and it's the best solution I've found (used with XP, W2k and Vista). See [Solved] Using Windows Search to find OOo files. It's safe and very fast.

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Re: Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt file

Postby Bill » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:35 pm

What is the name of the "Windows XP enhanced search"? Google doesn't find anything using that description.
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Re: Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt file

Postby robweir » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:34 pm

You might want to look at the Office 2010 Filter Pack:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/de ... x?id=17062

This adds ODF search support to "Microsoft Search Services (Sharepoint, SQL, Exchange, Windows Search)".

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Re: Windows XP enhanced search doesnt find words in odt file

Postby enbeng » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:44 am

Microsoft research utility for XP is here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=23 I also tried the Office software but that required another file msxml6 which I installed as well but it still didnt do the trick. Copernic works good although the original reference to it in this forum is not good anymore. Its possible to download from copernic.com and Norton Symantec found no viruses and deemed reliable. Thanks!
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