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Simple grep-like text search for Windows

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 July 2015
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Developer: neparze
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Simple grep-like text search for Windows

SurfFind is a free portable tool which searches text files for the keywords you specify.

The interface looks a little cluttered, with plenty of boxes and buttons, but a Help tab explains the basics. At a minimum you must choose the starting folders, the file types to search, and enter a keyword. You can also run case or whole-word searches, use regular expressions, specify multiple starting folders (C:\Here|D:\There), define the encoding to use when reading files, and use an Exclude filter to exclude particular wildcard patterns from the search.

Whatever you're doing, any matches are quickly listed in a table, with the file name, the line and column number for each keyword instance, and the sentence where it appears.

If you need more, clicking an entry in the table displays the file for you, with the keyword highlighted, or you can double-click the entry to open it in a viewer (Notepad by default, although you can set this to whatever you like).

You're able to run more searches and display the results in separate tabs, making it easy to compare the results later.

Your last few searches are also preserved in a "Recent" list, allowing you to re-run them in a couple of clicks.


SurfFind can't filter files by size or date, but has plenty of other advantages - tabbed interface, encoding control, multiple starting folders, exclude filter, keyword highlighting, more - and overall it's a likeable program.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

November 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1090 which is the November 2019 Update.