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Spotlight Alternatives for Windows

Spotlight is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Everything, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Spotlight and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Spotlight are Keypirinha, Station, ueli and DocFetcher.

Spotlight alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be File Search Utilities or Clipboard Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spotlight.
This page was last updated Apr 27, 2022
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Spotlight is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger).

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  1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

  2. A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

  3. Station is the first open-source smart browser for busy people. A single place for all of your web applications.


    From the GitHub repository: “This project is not actively maintained.”

  4. Developed with the Electron framework, ueli is the type of tool that adopts simplicity, leaving out any unnecessary options and configuration settings.

  5. DocFetcher is a portable German/English open source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository.

  6. Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX.

    Most users think Cerebro is a great alternative to Spotlight.
  7. 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.

  8. AnyTXT Searcher is a powerful local data full-text search engine, just like a local disk Google search engine. It is your ideal desktop search tool.

  9. Fluent Search (beta) is a fast and easy-to-use search application that lets you search for running applications, browser tabs, bookmarks, files, and more.

  10. :rocket: Launchy project reactivated. Get the familiar feeling now! - samsonwang/LaunchyQt

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