How to Find Files in WinRAR

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tip

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

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