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    Hello,

    Is there a way of searching across a number of AutoCAD files for files containing particular text? This used to be possible in Windows XP, but does now not work in Windows 7 annoyingly. We have thousands of DWG files that have been drawn up over the past 20 years and to be able to search for a particular text string in a file would be hugely beneficial, such as part numbers and job numbers etc.

    We are running Windows 7 and AutoCAD 2018 LT.

    Can this be done with our current setup, or is there a another program we could use? I believe Autodesk Content Explorer used to serve this function, but has now been discontinued.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome to CADTutor 07lodgeT.

    When in doubt, check Lee Mac out.

    http://www.lee-mac.com/bfind.html

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    Better yet, before you are in doubt, check out his incredible offerings preemptively.
    Whoops, you are using LT, no lisp!
    Do you have access to a non LT machine on which you could use this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadgad View Post
    Welcome to CADTutor 07lodgeT.

    When in doubt, check Lee Mac out.

    http://www.lee-mac.com/bfind.html

    Thanks Lee!

    Better yet, before you are in doubt, check out his incredible offerings preemptively.
    Thanks for that, unfortunately Autocad LT doesn't support LISP or VB

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    "FINDSTR" is for text files it is a Windows command line operating system option. There may be a binary version. Else you will need a compiled .net version of something like bfind.

    Findstr VLA *.lsp
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    There is a DwgSearch tool in DotSoft's ToolPac available at Dotsoft.com. Perhaps you can contact them to get just the DwgSearch function.
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