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[Discuss] Searching *.docx   [Discuss]

By: Doug Borg     Newton, MA, USA  
Date: Nov 12,2019 at 15:28
In Response to: [Discuss] Searching *.docx (Laurent Duchastel)

> Some significant time ago (2004), Peter raised the issue of
> searching within *.docx.
> http://www.ztw3.com/forum/forum_entry.php?id=117795
> Today, my colleague asked me to check possible plagiarism for a dubious
> assignment from one of her students. I happen to have on my computer
> thousands and thousands of assignments in *.docx and *.pdf from previous
> students for the same business case.
> I would, of course, appreciate doing the search for identical bits of
> sentences with ZTree, but I know the ZIP+XML structure of Office files
> makes it impossible.
> I therefore tried the inbuilt Windows Search, but it took a very long
> time and resulted in nothing in the end, even for the most obvious bits
> that should have been flagged. Obviously, the engine does't work
> well. :-( As all those files are also on Entreprise OneDrive, I could
> fortunately perform the search online (which works fine), and it worked
> the assignment happens to be an original BTW) :-).
> End of the problem for today :-)
> But for future needs, I would like to enhance the process. What
> would you therefore recommend for powerful content search on local
> PC? (Hopefully, a free or an affordable solution).
> Back in 2014, Mathias suggested FilelocatorPro. What about now ?

Copernic Desktop Search - current version is

https://www.copernic.com/en/products/ (available in French, too).

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