CTRL F a folder with multiple excel workbooks for search term without opening files

CoolioT

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  1. 2016
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Hi All- I’ve been searching the web and found parts of what I am trying to do from several answers, but am still lost. I know little about vba coding. Here’s what I am trying to do (with the help of a lot of research and other peoples ideas, I’ve just combined them to what I am looking for):
I have a folder with over 400 excel files. Much like searching in a workbook or sheet, I want to do a ctrl+F in the folder to search on a word or name and tell me which file(s) have the search term. Right now, I am clicking on each file and doing a ctrl+F (and it’s so time consuming, some of the files have over 44k rows) I seen where someone created a summary for their output, so I would like to have a summary type output which would have the 1. Search word 2. Workbook name 3. Sheet number 4. Row and column 5. Link to the file (if possible). In some cases there will be positive hits in more than one file and sheet, I’d like to have those listed, so long as it’s not a duplicate. I’d also just be happy with just knowing which of the 400 files have the search term in and I can open it myself and do another ctrl+F within each workbook (that at least saves me the time of opening every single file). Thank you all for your help and if you need more clarification, just let me know.

thanks,
Lucy
 

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Dermot

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Office Version
  1. 365
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  1. Windows
If your folder is indexed, the built in Windows search function (in Windows Explorer) seems to be able to search all the files for text within them, and list the matching files.
That is a lot quicker than opening 400 files (even programmatically)
 

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