Windows Search Alternatives

    Windows Search is described as ', formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Windows Search for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Windows Search are DocFetcher (Free, Open Source), Recoll (Free, Open Source), Agent Ransack (Freemium) and RecentX (Paid).

    This page was last updated Apr 14, 2020

    1. "InSight Desktop Search" is a search engine that keeps track of all the files in your system and makes sure that you can access your files/folders easily and quickly.
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      • Mac
      iSeek is a handy little program for Mac OS X that allows you to instantly search for anything you seek, no matter what program you are running. iSeek puts a familiar search field in your menu bar, needing just a click or keystroke to start your search!


    2. File Seeker searches hard disks for files with excellent speed, accuracy and search within feature.

      Discontinued

      Last version, 3.5.2, was released on February, 2009. You can still download it from SoftPedia.com

    3. Generate file list of all files with specific name pattern, extension, properties and attributes, as well as text and binary content by recursively scanning specified directories and searching for matching files. Copy and rename found files.
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    4. Wherever you have files DeskRule can locate them. Search your hard disk, but also in mobile phones and cameras, zipfolders, FTP, OneDrive and all the other virtual shell folders.


    5. Make a change immediately in many files, add new text or new links in various webpages, change descriptions, key words and other metatags, repair inactive links, and redesign and optimize pages for search engines
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      • Windows
      Hulbee Desktop is a professional search software. With its "Data Cloud", a cloud of search terms, it helps users to narrow down their own search. This way, they are able to find the needed data more quickly.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      TheSearchMan is a free tool which searches your hard drives for files. It is: 1. Blazingly fast. (Searches 50 GB drive in 1 second!) 2. Small. (Just 35 KB download!) 3. Multi-threaded. (Your computer never hangs!) 4. Portable(which means No Installations Required!)
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