RegEx Search to Collect the First Line of Multiple Text Files


Here's a description of how you can find the first line of multiple text files using the grep utility, PowerGrep. Beginning with a folder containing these three text files:

. . . in PowerGrep select these files in the 'Folders and Files' section to the left, and then enter

\A.*

. . . in the search box with the Action type set to 'Simple Search' and the Search Type to Regulation Expression.

Click on 'Search' on the toolbar and then check the Results tab.

You'll see that just the first lines of each text file show up. You can copy these right out of PowerGrep into Excel for further parsing.