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  • Everything icon

    Everything

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS...

    Free Windows

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  • RecentX icon

    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    Commercial Windows

  • FileSearchy icon

    FileSearchy

    File search utility that provides instant search by file name, and powerful search by file contents, size and date. Supports search inside PDF, Microsoft Office and other documents. Highlights found text in file names and contents....

    Free Personal Windows

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  • FileLocator icon

    FileLocator

    FileLocator Lite enables you to locate files on your pc. It performs a thorough and quick search for any file you want to find. It is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It is free for both personal and...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Copernic Desktop Search icon

    Copernic Desktop Search

    Instantly find files, e-mails, and attachments stored anywhere on your PC with the free Copernic Desktop Search Home. Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) enables you to instantly search files, e-mails, and e-mail attachments stored...

    Free Personal Windows

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    SearchMyFiles

    SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed...

    Free Windows

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  • Cathy icon

    Cathy

    An extremly small, very fast and easy to use media cataloging tool. You can use it to index files stored on removable media (CDs, DVDs or even diskettes), hard disks or net drives, and create searchable catalogs that can be used...

    Free Windows Linux

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  • regain icon

    regain

    Search the contents of your files not just the file names. regain is a search engine similar to web search engines like Google, with the difference that you don't search the web, but your own files and documents. Using regain you...

    Open Source Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • Catfish icon

    Catfish

    Catfish is a versatile file searching tool. Catfish is a search GUI powered by locate and find behind the scenes, with autocompletion from Zeitgeist and locate. The advanced options allow filtering by date and file type. The...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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  • UltraSearch icon

    UltraSearch

    UltraSearch searches files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does NOT maintain an index which is stored on your harddisk, it achieves its speed by working directly on the...

    Free Windows

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  • Lookeen Desktop Search icon

    Lookeen Desktop Search

    A fast and next-generation desktop search and productivity tool for standard and virtual desktops, for private and enterprise search requirements. Finds documents, outlook archives and e-mails, contacts, appointments, folders, etc.

    Freemium Windows Microsoft Office Outlook

  • PowerGREP icon

    PowerGREP

    Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain text or regular expressions to maintain web sites, source code...

    Commercial Windows

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    Searchmonkey

    A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories. Written in Gtk2 it is highly portable, and as well as running on Linux, ports are available on...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    Index Your Files

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version, 5.0.2.6, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • XSearch icon

    XSearch

    XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in high speed. When searching for special words in files, you can specify the words option such as...

    Free Windows

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  • FCorp File & Folder Tools icon

    FCorp File & Folder Tools

    Collection of File & Folder Related Tools . Feature List : 1. Attribute Changer 2. Batch Folder Creator 3. DateTime Changer 4. Duplicate Finder 5. File Shredder 6. Folder Icon Changer 7. Hash 8. Hidden Revealer 9....

    Free Windows

  • SwiftSearch icon

    SwiftSearch

    SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by...

    Open Source Windows

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  • BareGrep icon

    BareGrep

    A free file finding and text searching tool: * Regular expression text search * High performance search algorithm * Wildcard and regular expression file search * Recursive directory search * Save, name and manage text search...

    Freemium Windows

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  • SMF – Search my Files icon

    SMF – Search my Files

    SMF is a file and file duplicate search tool that uses hashing (MD5, CRC32 or SHA1) to determine similarity. It has tons of search filter capabilities and a result reporting tool, with which you can sub-filter the result set according...

    Free Windows

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    Find Any File

    Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though). As there are other tools with a similar search operation, here are the special features...

    Free Mac

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  • AndroSearch icon

    AndroSearch

    Search INSIDE documents/files on your device like no other files manager/finder do. Featuring sub second, full text, Desktop Search in files content, and over apps names and description. KEY FEATURES: - Files Search - by name...

    Free Android Android Tablet

  • AIKIN Desktop HyperSearch icon

    AIKIN Desktop HyperSearch

    AIKIN is a powerful new desktop search that can find item names and content using advanced pattern recognition and semantic awareness, that doesn't require the user to always know exactly how something was named or written.

    Freemium Windows

  • HoudahSpot icon

    HoudahSpot

    HoudahSpot is an advanced file search tool for Mac. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Super Finder XT icon

    Super Finder XT

    Replacement for Windows built-in search. Search files, folders and other data efficiently and easily.

    Free Windows

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  • Instant File Searcher Professional icon

    Instant File Searcher Professional

    Instant File Searcher Professional is a powerful search engine for files and folders stored on computer. Features: Search by Name – Extension – Date and time – Size in Bytes/KB/MB/GB/TB – Creation time – Modification time –...

    Free Windows

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  • Wise JetSearch icon

    Wise JetSearch

    Wise JetSearch can help you search files or folders on all your local drives in just a few seconds. Input your keywords, select the drive and then start to search. After searching, Wise JetSearch will show you the searching results...

    Free Windows

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  • liquidFOLDERS icon

    liquidFOLDERS

    liquidFOLDERS stores all files in a separate area of your computer we call "store". A store does not have a fixed directory tree (let alone one that you'll have to manage yourself), but is one big thing. Just like with...

    Commercial Windows Windows Explorer

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  • Organyze Individual Edition

    Find files fast across folders, drives, disks and machines and emails in MS Outlook, find duplicates. Attach labels, bookmarks and comments, automatic backup, synchronize, messaging. Tag Web pages while downloading. Share labels with...

    Free Windows

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Locate32 Comments

Better than most

Positive Comment by TastyWheat
about Locate32 Apr 2014

This is one of the best file searching tools I've used. Other tools don't do indexing or make it difficult to search specific file types or don't let you search the file contents. This does all of those things very well.

My one complaint, which is true of almost all file searching software I've tried, is that it poorly handles UNC paths (i.e. network shares). Some of the shares I need to search don't appear in "My Network" so it's a hassle to map drives or create junction points just to get it working.

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cool

Comment by c33s
about Locate32 Feb 2012

really a good search tool. simple and fast. statement about the future development: http://locate32.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=689

i will stick with it.

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Very Nice

Comment by AMIB
about Locate32 Jul 2011

It's the best search tool I've tested ever

Support for Regex both in filenames and file contents, customized search locations, scheduled database update, customizable shortcuts and many more features make Locate32 the best

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Good, but a flaw in my opinion

Comment by someragamuffin
about Locate32 and BareGrep, Agent Ransack Jul 2011

This is a good search tool, my biggest problem with it is that is if the file system changes, Locate won't see those changes until you run an update to its database. I prefer BareGrep or Agent Ransack for the types of searching I do.

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