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    Index Your Files

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Locate32 Comments

Better than most

about Locate32 · ·

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.



Comment by c33s
about Locate32 · Feb 2012 ·

really a good search tool. simple and fast. statement about the future development:

i will stick with it.


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


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.

really a good search tool. simple and fast. statement about the future development:
i will stick with it.