Everything Indexes Every File On Your PC

Everything Indexes Every File On Your PC

Windows only: As the name suggests, Everything is a file search engine which tracks every single file on your PC. Unlike full-on search systems like Google Desktop or Windows Search (both recently updated), Everything doesn’t index file contents. The default view is all files on your machine: as you type in search terms (including Boolean operators like AND or OR if necessary), the list shrinks to just those files that match. The filenames-only approach makes it less useful when you’re searching for a specific nugget of information, but if you’re trying to track down a particular file whose name you remember but whose location is elusive, or want to get a sense of how many files of a particular type are on your machine, it’s a good solution. It’s also considerably leaner than full-blown indexing alternatives; on my test machine, the index was up and running in just a few seconds, although the developer notes that performance may slow if you have a very large collection of nested files. Everything is freeware for Windows only.


  • I’m a longtime user of Locate (http://www.locate32.net/) which has served well and which also pre indexes the entire system and then finds in a second. I use this more often than a content finder (Copernic is good though) even if I know the location coz I can open the file fast whithout using a file browser. Gonna try this tho – and at a first look it seems spot on!

  • The built in Search feature of Vista is very good.
    I have not bothered installing any 3rd party search apps since using Vista the last two years.
    I just press the windows key, then start typing the name of what I want and as I’m typing the list appears and refines until what I want is right there. apps, docs, files, folders…

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