5 Freeware Apps for Searching Thy Desktop Awesomely

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StefanS

In my opinion you forget Lookeen. This tool was mainly developed for outlook but it still fits as desktop search solution. Its easy and fast to operate and find every single file/mail/etc. More inforamation on www.lookeen.com

Pointer: The developer of Lookeen is my employer.

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snaikbyte

Everything is outstanding.  I've used it for years. I do know where my files are located, but it's easier to type in a word (or partial word) for a file-name than to navigate to the file's location in Explorer (or xPlorer2 - another outstanding app). 

Everything also allows the results of your search to be sorted by file size, file type, directory, etc.

It's a life-saver and a time-saver.

Cudos to Dave for alerting others to this great little utility.

 

 

 

 

 

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DigitalMan

As a long time user of the free Agent Ransack I've upgraded to FileLocator Pro (both from Mythicsoft) for Windows 7. I'm a software developer and use it mainly for searching through project files and source code.

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reutnes

Between Launchy and Everything, I think all my search-related bases are pretty well covered.

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Lhot

.and unless you're one of those people who thinks a 1.5TB HDD for a primary HDD is a "good idea" then here's some news from the grave (the XP grave?) Windows XP search works fine.  I used 'Tweak UI Power Toys'  to turn off all the XP doggy search stuff...and I can find anything I search for in a few seconds (like 2-5 seconds) on either my 300GB primary or 1TB secondary HDD's.  Win XP search works at this speed WITHOUT the Indexing Service even turned on. 

Personally I think Win7 or Vista must either be giving off fumes to distort peoples perceptions, OR they have way too much cr*ap on their comps, OR Vista and Win7 really do s*ck.  I only ran Win7 and Vista briefly before I dumped both of them and went back to XP Pro.

Now if these extra search apps seem to be needed on your comp....I'd say there's some other problem messing up your searches.  Win XP Pro searches my primary partition in about....2 seconds and both my HDD's in about 5 seconds.  If thats too slow for anyone...then maybe the Windows search function ISN'T the problem....maybe you should buy or build a real computer instead.  Ya know  like one with a fast processor...or maybe add some RAM.

All I REALLY know for sure is that I sure miss the "Softy Awards" that used to appear every spring in the magazine.  .....and that noone needs a 3rd party search app  :/  Better yet, just call Adobe and ask them to write a search app...that'd be loads of fun.

Finding great freeware apps that ARE necessary is a lofty and honorable goal.  But maybe we can find some freeware apps that do things that Windows doesn't already do all by itself  hmmm?

Lastly, I have NEVER seen the need for a gigantic primary partition or HDD...they take longer to backup, any scan of any kind takes forever...etc  etc etc.  But I'm retired...and just maybe there IS a need for 800K of extra apps or programs or files or Windows GUI improvements (yeah right) on your primary partition or HDD, in todays business world.  More likely though, I think its just folks running the "supposedly bad built-in Windows search" on either a way too large primary HDD or partition or that you just have way too much junk on.....your....what..... 1.6Ghz netbook  :/

Obviously XP Pro is still the best Windows OS, that is, if freeware search apps are actually necessary on your Vista or Win7 machine.  In this everyone saves everything age...which I do as well....hearing that MaxPC thinks I need a better search engine than the one in XP Pro...just sorta proves my point.

THERE, I just did a search for an .avi I know is on my 2nd HDD and on the slower portion of that HDD on Win XP Pro...it took 4.3 seconds by stopwatch to find it.  I also just did a search for every *.bmp on my entire comp...by stopwatch...3.2 seconds for 1.7GB of .bmp's.  A search for every .dll file  (*.dll) took 4.4 seconds.  [My entire comp has almost 400Gb of data on it] If that's too slow....then maybe you need some time management or data management classes instead.

NOTE:  MY primary partition is 50GB (10GB of data) on a 300GB WD Velociraptor...Symantec Corporate AV can scan it in about 10-11 minutes, as can Malwarebytes and SASpyware.  I can make a primary partition image-backup in 2 mins, 30 seconds...and do a Ghost restore in approx., 20 seconds less time.  I ofc have a desktop with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 B.E. CPU overclocked to a 24 hour prime stable 3.7Ghz.  My record is 3.815Ghz...but that was only 16 hour prime stable...both on AIR of course.  Current temps via Lavalys Everest Ultimate 5.30....  [Ambient Temp: 62F ......CPU: 22C  Motherbaord: 14C  GPU: 29C  MCP: 39C].  NO, it's not silent, but then again it will never....LEAK.  Before anyone says anything about temp monitoring...I've used them ALL and they ALL agree, and they ALL agree with the BIOS temps.  ASUS M4N82 Deluxe 980a Motherboard, GTX 280 / 1GB, 4GB Corsair 1066 Dominator RAM.

To: The Murph

Dave, I can understand that finding 5 freeware apps a week that someone actually needs is...well...impossible.  Maybe, once a month or once a quarter would be a more generous timeframe and allow you to find us the GOLD....those fantastic once in a lifetime freeware apps that EVERYone can use.  Just a suggestion  :)

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TheMurph

Dave, I can understand that finding 5 freeware apps a week that someone actually needs is...well...impossible.  Maybe, once a month or once a quarter would be a more generous timeframe and allow you to find us the GOLD....those fantastic once in a lifetime freeware apps that EVERYone can use.  Just a suggestion  :)

 

Suggestion noted.  I find the above apps to be quite useful and interesting.  Though, to be fair, I do use Google Desktop on my machine at work...

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snapple00

I am one of the few souls left on this planet that remember where my files are located.

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reutnes

Hey now, I know where my stuff is too.  However, if I want to copy a new map into TF2 it's a lot easier for me to just type 'steamapps' into Everything than it is for me to navigate to it in windows explorer.  If I want to play a song real quick, I could navigate through my cluttered music folders or I could just type in its name.  And lets say I want to dig up that once-in-a-blue-moon-on-a-thursday program.  I could dig through my 'all programs' menu, or I could just type in what I want.

 

Have it your way, though.

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PawBear

Mr. Wiseman, you sound like a MS fanboy.  Compared to either Win search or google search, locate 32 is a third party software that just works from install.  I don't have to tell it anything but go.  Configure the others, forget it.

Oddly enough, third party programs do work and often outdo the "big guys".  Maybe they just try harder.  I'm certainly not cluttering up my hard drive.

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Keith E. Whisman

Well relax because I'm not an MS Fanboy and I'm damn sure not a Mac fanboy either. I'm a fan of what is the most powerful and awesome. Right now Windows 7 Ultimate 64 and Uberstudent Linux are my picks for what's awesome when it comes to an OS. 

I still have fond memories of OS/2 and DOS. 

My point here is that unless your running Windows XP or a lesser OS then it makes no sense, at least to me, to use any more desktop search providers over the current one that is built into Windows 7 and Vista. 

Opinions are like Assholes, Everyone has one. And I'm a big asshole because I have a whole lot of opinions that I freely share here at maximumpc.com until I get kicked off the website.

Just like Linux, it doesn't make much sense to use anything more than Beagle. Beagle is a pretty powerful desktop search client that a lot of distros have it embedded. 

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bob1639

At 72 years of age and some 30 years of computer experience, I can STILL get excited when I run across a program that does "what it claims to do and more".  I find "everything" to be an indispensible tool that I have on my PC, laptop, and on a thumb drive I always carry with me.  It is incredibly fast and have long since stopped using that slow ponderous Windows search.  It will do a one time index when you first install it,  and will automatically update itself almost instantly when you add anything to your drives.  Add to the fact that it is also FREE and you have an ubeatable combination.  Try IT!!! it's well worth the download time.

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Keith E. Whisman

Windows Search was extremely slow and ponderous back in the Windows XP and earlier days, but now, Windows Search is up there with Google and all the other Quick desktop search engines. 

I do have a problem with your statement because you recommended that everyone try "It!". What It! are you referring to? You didn't mention the name of a product to try out. You just suggested that we try it. 

But anywho. Like I said, Windows search in Windows Vista and 7 are kick ass products that come built into Windows. Certainly you have to change the stock settings to get kick ass results but as I said before, you have to do that to any quick search client. And since that's the case, unless your not running either Windows Vista or Windows 7, you really don't need any of these downloads. Just dig into the Windows Vista, Windows 7 desktop search settings and change them so that they look everywhere for everything and you'll even beat Google Desktop Search or at least get equivilent results.

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festiva_man

It is titled Everything and then later on in his body the word everything is encased in quotation marks.  I believe he was referring to a program called "Everything".  I may be wrong but that is how I read it.

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TheMurph

Yes.  The program itself is called "Everything," which one would probably realize after reading... the... post...  :\

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Keith E. Whisman

Ah! I must be going blind. I do have an excuse, I have cataracts in both eyes from medications I took to fight off childhood asthma. So there, I missed it because I'm freaking blind.. LOL.. 

Plus I wasn't trying to pick on him. I just didn't understand what he was talking about.. LOL.. My bad. 

I also suffer to Can't Remember Shit Syndrome to excuse my selective memory. 

And It's a thyroid problem to excuse my excessive weight problems. I'm just full of excuses. I can come up with an excuse for just about everything. 

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Keith E. Whisman

Actually Windows Vista and Windows 7 search features work great! You just have to tell them to check index everywhere and for everything or you will have limited search features. This is also true for every one of the search programs you've suggested. And really if it's a desktop search then doesn't that mean it's just going to search the desktop? Why can't you just sit there and look at every icon? That is pretty much what Google Desktop search does, it searches the freaking desktop. Like Windows search, you have to tell it to index everything everywhere so you at least have a chance of finding something. 

Using Windows 7 search feature, I'm able to locate the most buried Windows system files you can imagine. If I can do that with the build in feature, then what do I need another program for, of course if I wanted to clutter up my computer I would go ahead and install all those programs you suggest. 

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Vano

I think this article is outdated, I don't see any reasons use 3nd party software when Windows 7 is already has best search solution. Not everybody though know how to use it - more useful would be put an article about tips and tricks for W7 search engine....

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TheMurph

Not all of us run Windows 7...

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chipmunkofdoom2

They show up quite frequently, although MaxPC does a good job saving face and removing them.

 

The spam filter on this site is complete garbage. I'm convinced they had a corpse write it. I cannot post from my work network, regardless of what I try to post. Guess people posting from work are spammers? Oddly enough, this has nothing to do with the article and is in essence "spam", but it will get through until MaxPC takes it down.

 

Oh well. I guess MaxPC feels that the site's free and if you're not a paying customer they don't owe you anything. Kind of why Communism doesn't work. If there's no monetary reward or incentive for the other person, why should you get what you want?

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Keith E. Whisman

I'm not an expert, but perhaps it's because of the corporate network your using. Perhaps MPC thinks your using the company like a proxy to mask your identity or that because it is a company your going to be posting Spam.

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PawBear

I use locate 32, an indexer.  Works fast.  I've never liked G Desktop or MS.

Anyone know, do these particular spammers only show up here.  If so I suppose this could be a source of pride for MPC????

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