Textfinder is a very fast bulk text search tool for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 24, 2020
Updated • Feb 27, 2020

Textfinder is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to find text in multiple files quickly. The program has been created in 2001 and updated in 2006 for the last time; tests on devices running recent versions of Windows confirmed that it works fine even on these devices.

Update: If you prefer programs that are updated regularly, check out Nirsoft's SearchMyFiles, findstr, or Notepad++ to name just a few options.

You need to install the application on the device before you may use it. Note that the program interface is in German and that there is no option to change the interface language; it is not too bad though as there are only a handful of elements that you interact with.

TextFinder divides the interface into three horizontal panes. There is the search pane at the top, the list of results in the middle, and the preview of the selected search result item in the lower pane.

To run a search, select a directory either by entering or pasting a path or by using the path icon next to Verzeichnis in the same row. Suchtext is the search text that you want the program to find. The right side lists a handful of additional options:

  • Verknüpfung -- determines whether you want the search to use AND or OR if you enter multiple search terms. The option "in einer" determines whether this applies to individual rows (Zeile) or the entire file (Datei).
  • Filter -- Limits search to the selected file extension(s).

A tap on F5 starts the search. You will notice that it is very fast and that the list of results is populated while the search is still ongoing.

Each found item is listed with its path and filename, the row the match was found, and a preview of the text. You may select any of the results to display it in full in the preview pane in the interface. The program jumps directly to the row the match was found which is very convenient.

The three options at the bottom may also be useful:

  • "Unverzeichnisse einbeziehen" determines if subfolders should be searched as well.
  • "in Notepad zur Zeile scrollen" determines if the program jumps to the matching row automatically when you select it in the list of results and it is loaded as a preview.
  • "Report - Vorschau" -- powers the preview feature. A click on the report button either saves the data directly to the system (by opening a save dialog), or loads a preview of the report first. If the option is checked, a preview is displayed.

Closing words

TextFinder is a fast text search program for Windows. Its main downsides are that it is abandoned and that the interface is only available in German. If you can live with those issues, you get a fast and convenient text search tool in return that supports previews and a report option to save the data to a file.

Note: we have uploaded TextFind to our own server since the developer website is no longer available. Download it with a click on the following link: TextFind

Now You: Which program do you use to find text inside files?


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  1. tilnow said on April 20, 2020 at 3:59 am

    i’ve been looking for a free alternative to DocFetcher that also offers indexing but cannot find one yet… DocFetcher is great but it’s a java based app…

  2. DrKnow said on February 25, 2020 at 3:05 am

    1. Abandonware
    2. Needs to be installed
    3. German only

    Unless the review shows benchmarks where it is vastly superior in speed to other software, what’s the point in reviewing?

  3. David dcef said on February 24, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    DocFetcher is up to date and does an amazing job, it watches and indexes files, even pdfs, html, txt etc

  4. Maarten said on February 24, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    I use Everything too for finding text.
    AnyTXT (https://anytxt.net/) is promising too, but needs some extra love and care to mature.

  5. Paul(us) said on February 24, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I really like the (Free) DnGrep (search across files) V. ( Beta) (2020-02-09).

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word and Excel documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries. dnGrep includes search-and-replace, whole-file preview, right-click search in File Explorer, and much more.


    Search across text files, Word and Excel documents, and PDFs
    Search for files in archives – zip, 7z, rar, jar, and many more
    Search using text, regular expressions (regex), XPath, and phonetics
    Many search filter options
    Search-and-replace, including undo
    Whole-file preview
    Right-click to search in File Explorer
    Move/copy/delete result files
    Open line results in a custom editor, like Notepad++
    Bookmark search patterns for later use
    Try out complex searches in the Test window
    Save search results
    Light and Dark themes
    Much more!

    Runs on Windows 7, 8, 10 or Windows Server

    Requires .NET 4.6.2 or higher.


  6. TelV said on February 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I use Everything —> Search —> Advanced Search. There are a number of options in the Advanced Search menu to choose from.

  7. Belga said on February 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    File Search Assistant (3 versions including a freeware)
    Comparison : https://www.aks-labs.com/find-files/editions-comparison-chart.htm

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