Find in all files not working for me?
Dear users and developers, I have a folder with subfolders containing multiple .docx and .pdf files. When I do find in all files search with “one word” and “multiple words” it finds none or sometimes one skipping others. when I do it in an acrobat search it finds many.
When I do search
filter . is on
“in all subfolders” is ticked
What am I doing wrong?
PS. I am using the latest version
Notepad++ is an editor for plaintext files. The file types
.docx(modern MS Word files) and
Notepad++ was not built to read such binary files; if you want to read or search
.docxfiles, you need to use a program (usually a word processor, such as MS Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, or the like) that is specifically designed to read such files; similarly, for reading
What you are asking is the equivalent of “I just brought my friend, who only reads English, over to index my personal library? Why is she not able to index my Russian, Hindi, and ancient Greek books?” That friend could be reasonably expected to understand British English, American English, Canadian English, and Australian English (in my analogy, various standard encodings of the same underlying text, such as the ASCII, UTF8, …), but it is unreasonable to expect her to also understand shorthand Sanskrit (in my analogy, a compressed binary format with its own proprietary encoding).
@PeterJones Thank you for your explanatory answer and smart analogy. Thanks great community.
Your reply to @markomarin seems to be a good candidate for a FAQ Desk post ?!
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’ve added it.