Run super-fast file searches with Hddb
April 15, 2014 – 10:37 | No Comment
Run super-fast file searches with Hddb

If you need to run rapid searches for file names on NTFS drives then there’s no substitute for VoidTools’ Everything. The program’s smart use of the NTFS Master File Table (MFT) means you’ll see matching …

Search and replace text in multiple files at the same time
March 28, 2014 – 15:48 | No Comment
Search and replace text in multiple files at the same time

Most editors make it easy to replace text in the current document. Searching across multiple documents can be more challenging. And if you often need to replace text across a large number of files, perhaps …

Pretty Run is a versatile desktop search tool
March 23, 2014 – 06:58 | No Comment
Pretty Run is a versatile desktop search tool

The standard Windows Search tool has improved a great deal in recent years, and the latest Windows 8.1 additions – especially its Bing integration – are another welcome step forward.
The technology still won’t be enough …

Swiss File Knife is the ultimate command line toolkit
February 17, 2014 – 08:33 | Comments Off
Swiss File Knife is the ultimate command line toolkit

Many people say we’re now living in a “post-PC world”. The desktop is dead, they claim, or at least on the way out, while touch is the future. And all this might suggest that command …

LookDisk searches your drives for files, duplicates, text, more
December 19, 2013 – 09:31 | Comments Off
LookDisk searches your drives for files, duplicates, text, more

Your PC’s hard drive is packed with files. Windows doesn’t provide all the search power you need, and you don’t have the time to research a host of specialist search tools, either.
The answer? LookDisk. It’s …

grepWin: a powerful regex-based search and replace tool
November 7, 2013 – 16:44 | Comments Off
grepWin: a powerful regex-based search and replace tool

Search and replace is a key part of most text editors, and it’s generally very simple to use: type a keyword, press [Enter] to look for it, then step through however many matches there might …

Quickly search and explore thousands of plain text files with Depeche View Lite
August 6, 2013 – 18:22 | Comments Off
Quickly search and explore thousands of plain text files with Depeche View Lite

Searching one or two plain text files is easy. Windows Search and Notepad will probably be enough. But when you need to browse ten files, a hundred, maybe even thousands, then you’re likely to need …

XSearch: small, simple, and a surprisingly capable search tool
July 30, 2013 – 15:49 | Comments Off
XSearch: small, simple, and a surprisingly capable search tool

We’re always happy to try out desktop search tools, but at first glance XSearch didn’t seem promising. It doesn’t use indexing, for instance, so you know performance will take a major hit. And the authors …

Navigate the Registry like a pro with RegScanner
July 8, 2013 – 06:10 | Comments Off
Navigate the Registry like a pro with RegScanner

When you’re troubleshooting some PC problem then locating the right Registry setting can often point you in the right direction. But you’ll have to find it first, and that can be a problem as the …

“Everything” desktop search tool sees major updates
July 5, 2013 – 08:07 | One Comment
“Everything” desktop search tool sees major updates

It’s five years since the search tool “Everything” first appeared, and the program’s amazing speed has been winning it fans ever since. It’s easy to see why, too: there’s no fuss, no complexity, just enter …

Replace Genius: super-charged search and replace, now free
June 6, 2013 – 07:53 | Comments Off
Replace Genius: super-charged search and replace, now free

Just about every text editor has some kind of search and replace tool which allows you to process data in the file you’re editing. Even Notepad includes a Replace option which can run a case-sensitive …