If you’re like me and don’t have an organized folder structure, then you’ve encountered certain situations where you need to find files but can’t. So you have to rely on windows search or other third parties like Google desktop.
Everything (yes, that’s the name of the program) from voidtools promises to solve all your file-searching problems. It’s also lightning fast. All of the results come out as you type the file name. It can also take wildcards ( * ), so if you would like to search for all document files you would use an (*.doc) query. This consumes close to nothing in terms of system resources. This means your computer won’t slow down even when it’s running all the time in the background. This also takes up little to no space in your hard drive for its index (approx 50MB per 1 million files). After installation, you can expect this to finish indexing your machine after 10 minutes.
There wasn’t anything I disliked about this program. It’s perfect for what I’m looking for in a desktop search engine. Best of all, its FREE.
|This literally searches for Everything|
Now, let’s talk the competition:
Google Desktop: The advantages of Google desktop is that it indexes even the content of the files, so if you are looking for a specific text within a file like a document or a powerpoint file, this will do it for you. Google desktop also crawls your emails so it’s useful if you need to look for a specific email (This feature was removed in latter versions of MS Office though. Starting Office 2007 onwards, google desktop won’t launch with your Outlook). The disadvantage of this is that it quite a lot of system resources. You also need to allocate 2 or 3 GB of space (depending on how many files you have) where Google stores its index.
Windows Search: This has come a long way from the old days of the Office assistant. It has improved in how it does it’s indexing and searching (I actually find stuff with this). The best feature is that it integrates so well with office applications. In Outlook, for example, whenever you can an email, you can use windows search to show you what your past interactions with this person were (email, chat). What I don’t like about this is that it is VERY INTRUSIVE in terms of resources. Each time, I kid you not, each time you change a file in your system or send an email, expect to feel some slowdown care of Windows search. I’ve found that this happens when your index or number of files grows big. I have sacrificed the outlook features and disabled windows search completely.
To stop Windows Search just go to Start then at the search bar type “services.msc”. Look for and double click on Windows search. You want to stop it then change the startup type to disabled.
You can visit their website at http://www.voidtools.com