Searching words in Protected MSOffice Files

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Flowerbud

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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
 
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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.
 

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
 

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...
 

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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