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Trying to get started with Full Text Searching


Trying to get started with Full Text Searching

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This is all new to me, we normally don't do much programming here and I've not had much luck getting started.

First, I should be able to search for text in Word documents, right? If not, please tell me so I can quite beating my head against my desk...

I think I've got a catalog and index created and populated. But I can't find any text in Work 2010 documents. It looks like I can find text in a .DOC file but not in the .DOCX files.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is this a limitation that hasn't been fixed in SQL2012? Or SQL2008R2.

Depending on what I learn here there will be more questions.

What we are trying to do is create a simple internal web-based search tool for our company's policies. Hopefully we can just populate an index and let the users search for a word or phrase and be able to click on the link to open the document for reading. Does anyone have a link to an example of how something like this is setup?

Thanks!
Norman
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n.heyen (10/19/2012)
This is all new to me, we normally don't do much programming here and I've not had much luck getting started.

First, I should be able to search for text in Word documents, right? If not, please tell me so I can quite beating my head against my desk...

I think I've got a catalog and index created and populated. But I can't find any text in Work 2010 documents. It looks like I can find text in a .DOC file but not in the .DOCX files.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is this a limitation that hasn't been fixed in SQL2012? Or SQL2008R2.

Depending on what I learn here there will be more questions.

What we are trying to do is create a simple internal web-based search tool for our company's policies. Hopefully we can just populate an index and let the users search for a word or phrase and be able to click on the link to open the document for reading. Does anyone have a link to an example of how something like this is setup?

Thanks!
Norman


Sql Server full text search uses the Windows iFilter technology to pull the indexable text out of documents. This is the same technology that allows you to search email attachments in outlook or from the start menu. The filters available by default depend on the version of windows.

Google "Windows iFilter pack docx"
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17062

Once you install the filter pack, you'll still need to register them for sql server.
see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945934
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Thank you! That was what I needed and have to say it was, ahem, non-intuitive...

Now, on to loading a few more documents and see how all of this really works.

Again, thanks a lot.
Norman
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