TextCrawler – Replace Text in Multiple Files

March 18, 2008 – 11:33 am

If you ever work with multiple text files, there is a chance that you are in a situation that you want to replace the same text inside a multiple file in one shot. For example, you may have to replace a person’s name inside several Microsoft Office documents because of a management restructure. Instead of having to open and edit the documents one by one, you can use TextCrawler!

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What TextCrawler does is it allows you to instantly find and replace words and phrases across multiple text files. Furthermore, you can opt to use regular expressions for sophisticated text search and replace function.

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You can start using TextCrawler by specifying file extensions and the start location that you want it to search for all the related files. For example, search all .doc files inside D:\ drive. Next enter the word/phrase that you want to search for and the replacement word/phrase that will take its position. You are allowed to select some options to refine your file search results. Click the “Find” button and TextCrawler will start listing down its search results one by one. To start replacing the word/phrase with a new one, select all the related files and click “Replace“.

TextCrawler Features

  • Fast file search that scans folders and sub folders.
  • Simple to use, one page interface.
  • Search options to refine search results – case sensitive, match whole words.
  • Regular Expressions support for sophisticated searches – with RegEx Tester and Library so you test your expression to make sure it works the way it supposed to be.

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  • Backup files before any text replacement action (optional).
  • Highlighted search results.
  • Text Extractor – this tool allows you to extract text to a new file.
  • Export search results for later reference.

The most impressive part of TextCrawler is that the fact that it does return search results fast. Additionally, the “Preview Pane” that shows soon-to-be-replaced text line by line allows you to view the contents of any file before any replacement process takes flight. This freeware might not appeal everyone but somebody out there will really find TextCrawler – the freeware that can replace text in multiple files absolutely vital to complete a massive, text document related job.

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  1. 7 Responses to “TextCrawler – Replace Text in Multiple Files”

  2. Simply awesome application. Was just what I was looking for and worked fantastically!

    By Ned Harkey on Oct 27, 2009

  3. Very fast, however I wanted to add adsense codes to multiple pages. It would be good if it could have a bigger box for the replace text so it could add more than one line.

    By mark on Nov 5, 2009

  4. it didnt work well for me because it doesn’t support characters like č, ć and many other characters widely spread in russian, ukranian and almost all of those languages in Slovenian language group (which are spoken in 50% of Asia and 30% of Europe in case u didnt know)

    By Mark on Mar 17, 2010

  5. good app, but how to replace in read-only files? like in svn entries.

    By Volodymyr on Jul 1, 2010

  6. The Best tool I cam across for Multiple Find Replace in Multiple Word files is Batch Find & Replace and you can download free from here

    ttp://technocomsolutions.com/wordfindreplacehelp.htm

    This replaced 5000 files in 3 hours and was amazing.

    Seems to be Great Find and Replace Software.

    By FindReplace on Jul 6, 2010

  7. It DOES NOT WORK for .doc files as the screen shot would lead you to believe. It appeared to work fine when I performed the standard find and replace function on several hundred Word documents, but it corrupted all of them!

    By Corrupted on May 6, 2011

  8. Corrupted every Word file I used it on, total rubbish, do not use this software on Word docs!

    By Dave on Nov 15, 2011

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