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Searching words in Protected MSOffice Files

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Flowerbud, Sep 13, 2003.

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  1. Flowerbud

    Flowerbud Thread Starter

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    How to search for SPECIFIC words contained in TONS of password-protected (.xls, .doc) MS Office files (NOT IN FILE NAME)?
    Password protected files don't show up on my search results.
    Any help will be much appreciated.
    Cheers
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Thats a problem.

    Microsoft do specifically prevent any normal search functions in password protected files, unless the file is opened (for which you need the password)

    Thats a reasonable action as being able to search a password protected file would defeat the purpose of being able to protect the file in the first place.

    I understand your dilemma though, as even if you have the password, its a huge job to open each file. The encryption within the file will probably rule out simple text searches as well.

    As far as I know, there is no easy solution, but I will monitor the thread with interest.
     
  3. Flowerbud

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    Hello Kiwi,

    Thanks for your help and interest.
    Let me know if there is a solution.
    In the meantime, I'll do a tedious manual search !!!!!!!
    Cheers
     
  4. Anne Troy

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    The passwords wouldn't happen to all be the same would they?

    Or would you happen to have a file that contains all the document names and passwords?

    I'm not saying it would be easy or free, but it could be done...
     
  5. Flowerbud

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    Hello Dreamboat,


    The passwords wouldn't happen to all be the same would they?
    Yes, I am quite sure that 99% are identical

    Cheers,
    Flowerbud

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  6. Anne Troy

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    Yes, then it could be done.
     
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