Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++

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Notepad++ find in files directory

One of the many useful abilities of Notepad++, is to search multiple text files for a text string and find in files and folders - including subfolder and windows hidden files and folders - and even to find and replace in notepad this search text in all files.

Download Notepad++ program to search file contents

It is even more powerful than windows 7 search in files built in function - and even find files faster than windows 8 search file contents and windows 7 explorer search.

Search for a word in all files in a folder

To do so, open the Search menu => Find in Files..., press CTRL + SHIFT + F, or go to Search with CTRL + F and open the Find in Files tab.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Menu Search => Find in Files...
Menu Search => Find in Files...

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Once there, enter your search string in files (for example 8080) in the Find what field. Then, click on the ... button at the right side of the Directory field.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Open directory browsing
Open directory browsing

Select the file folder directory in which you'd like to search for files containing text.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Select directory to search
Select directory to search

Windows search within files

Enter your folder and search options. On top of the standard Notepad++ search options, you might want to check the In all sub-folders and / or In hidden folders options, to make sure the search is done on all subfolder and also hidden file folder.

Click on Find All once you have set up your search criteria.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Find in files options
Find in files options

How to find hidden folders

You will be returned the list files and directories containing result : how many results in how many files, and, for each file matching your search criteria, the file location, and the line number of each result.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Search in files result
Search in files result

Double click on the filename to show / hide the detail, and double click on the line result to open the file, showing the result line with search highlighted.

Windows search text in files and folders with Notepad++ : Search result opened and highlighted
Search result opened and highlighted
See also Notepad++ compare files

This is also a way how to find hidden files on windows, if you know some text they might contain.

See also How to use notepad++ for html

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