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How to print Windows XP Search results to a file ?

Published: Feb 11, 2005
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When you search for file(s) using the Windows XP search, the results are displayed in the right-pane. There is no option provided by Windows to transfer the search results to a file or printer. Here is a way you can copy the search results and transfer to a file.

SysExporter utility allows you to grab the data stored in standard list-views, tree-views, list boxes, and combo boxes from almost any application running on your system, and export it to text, HTML or XML file.

How to copy the search results using this tool?

  • Close all running applications (for faster processing)

  • Now, do a file search and let the Search window open

  • Run the SysExporter utility

  • In the SysExporter utility, select the item named Search Results (ListView)

  • In the lower pane, select all the entries CTRL + A

  • Right-click and choose Copy selected items (Tab delimited)

  • Open a Notepad document and press CTRL + V to paste the text from clipboard.

  • Save the Notepad document.

To view the search results in a readable format, start Microsoft Excel and open the saved text document (which is tab delimited). Follow the prompts, and the document will be neatly aligned with column headers.

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