A text search program that is fast and easy can save you time and trouble.

search text and replace Finders KeepersTM can search text, replace text, display files containing the found text, and index an entire hard drive to perform text searches by indexed text retrieval.


Perform a search 4 ways :  plain text, regular expressions, approximate, and sound-alike.  You can search text in any kind of file.  The regular expressions provide a grep-like text search.  The approximate and sound-alike searches enable you to search files for text even when you do not know how to spell a word, or it has been misspelled in files.  A search is fast when you have Finders KeepersTM search file by file.  But if you let it index all your files for an index-based text retrieval, then the search takes only an instant.  You can view results of searches 6 different ways.


Finders KeepersTM can search and replace text in files with blazing speed--and keep backups of all changed files.  If you need to, you can password-disable the functions that replace text.  Then Finders KeepersTM will perform a search, but it will not replace anything.  This is a safety feature for the replace operation.  To restore replace operations when you want to, just re-enter the password.


Three of the four searches in Finders KeepersTM are "non-technical":  Plain-text, Sound-alike, and Approximate.  In the first two of these, you don't have to set anything; in the Approximate search, all you set is how many errors, or discrepancies, you want to allow in the spelling--usually 1 or 2.  A search for plain text will find just what you type in; but the sound-alike and approximate searches will find words or phrases that are close to what you type in. 


Finders KeepersTM has many features to suit the advanced user, including regular expressions, scores of options, batch mode, built-in binary and text viewers, zip file searches, and indexed text retrieval.


Finders KeepersTM can optionally save the results of your searches.  What good that will do depends on your occupation or preoccupation.  Here are the general ideas:

1)  Keep search results so you don't have to search for the same thing again the next time you forget where it was.  For instance, find all the files that have your key word "payroll" in them; save the results as "Payroll Files I Keep Looking For" or any name you choose.  The next time you forget, open this file and double-click on any line in the Results window to open the respective file.

2)  Keep search results in order to study or work on all the found files later, overseeing and launching them from a central place.  (Central places in computer swamp are good things.)

3)  Keep search results because later you are going to use File | Copy Selected Files... to take your found files to class, court, or meeting on a disk, or to send your found files to your portable computer.

Let Finders Keepers do the search--you do the thinking.TM