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Searching through Word meta data

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Jonathan
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Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 08, 06 16:40

We have 10s of thousands of MS Word documents and need to pull out only those documents that were created by a specific user.

Would like to receive recommendations for the best/quickest way to do this.

Thanks.  
 
  

keydet89
Senior Member
 

Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 08, 06 17:54

Get the File::MSWord Perl module here:

www.cpan.org/modules/b...C/HCARVEY/

Drop the .pm file in the correct directory for your platform (on Windows, if Perl is in C:\Perl, put the .pm file in the C:\Perl\site\lib\File directory.

Create/modify a Perl script to suit your needs...with that many documents, you may need to wait overnight, regardless of what application you use.

HTH,

Harlan  
 
  

Jonathan
Senior Member
 

Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 08, 06 18:26

Thanks Harlan, will give that a go.


Jonathan  
 
  

Nigel
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Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 09, 06 06:41

You may want to use DT Search.  
 
  

koko
Member
 

Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 16, 06 01:40

the dirtiest, cheapest way to do it though, if you're interested, is to just display the Author property (i assume this is the property you care about) in explorer and then sort by it. of course this is assuming that the files are all in one directory (or a manageable number).

there must be some way to specify a search by Author in the built-in windows search but i can't figure it out.

i'm not aware of dtsearch allowing you to specify the Author property of a file.  
 
  

Jonathan
Senior Member
 

Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 16, 06 14:42

Sometimes the most straightforward things elude us!

Thanks Koko.  
 
  

fsmith
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Re: Searching through Word meta data

Post Posted: Mar 28, 06 21:45

Sorry, a bit late to this discussion, but that is exactly what our forager tool does. See www.inforenz.com where you can download an evaluation version.
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