So, I am looking for a text search app for Windows (or cross platform).

  • can search an entire directory tree (or just the current directory)
  • file name mask, with wild cards (? and *); regex not necessary
  • show "several" lines around the match in a preview pane; preferably where I can define "several"
  • MUST allow me to search for multiple strings, and allow me to say whether they should appear anywhere in the file, or on the same line

anything is a bonus and welcome, but not necessary (e.g search PDF, MS Word, files in archives, etc)


I can recommend FileLocator Lite/Pro, it belongs to my set of indispensable tools. While I don't use it the same way as you would, with strings on several lines, this should be possible if you are experienced with the RegEx syntax.

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