Help ypsi~dixit!

I was reading my local feeds folder and saw this call for help on ypsi~dixit’s blog:

Here’s the deal. I have Mac OS X and a pile of documents on the desktop in .DOC format. What I need is a search engine with a preview box feature that will allow me to search for key phrases and preview the results, so that I can quickly assess if the search results are what I’m looking for.

My first instinct was to leave a comment pointing to Spotlight but that has the same shortcoming as the search tool she tried, Spotlight doesn’t show previews. Context is important for figuring out which result is the one you’re looking for. Imagine if a Google search didn’t include context, the difference would be subtle but important.

So if you know of a way to cajole Spotlight into showing text surrounding the matches, please let ypsi~dixit and me know in our comments. Lazyweb, I beseech you!