How to Find Files in WinRAR

By Tara Cantore

WinRAR is a data compression and decompression utility that lets you access and search archive files. Although many compressed archives contain only a handful of files, some archives contain many hundreds of thousands of files, requiring a search to locate files within them. WinRAR's search feature lets you quickly locate specific files with a search term across your entire hard drive.

Step 1

Open your archive in WinRAR.

Step 2

Click "Tools," then "Find Files."

Step 3

Type a value in the "File name to find" box. This is a partial match of the name of the file you are looking for. You can use a wild card, such as "*.doc" to find all files of the ".doc" file type.

Step 4

Enter a text value stored within the document in the "String to Find" field. This is a slower search criteria that must search each file individually.

Step 5

Check "Match Case" to only include results that match the capitalization you selected.

Step 6

Click to select the path or hard drives you want to search in the "Disks and folders" option.

Step 7

Click to select the archive types you want to search using the "Archive types" option. For example, you can limit the search to "7zip" or "RAR" files.

Step 8

Check "Find in Subfolders" to search directories within the "Disks and folders" path.

Step 9

Check "Find in Archives" to search within archives.

Step 10

Click "OK" to begin your search.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Save" in the dialog window to save your settings as the default profile.