Quickly search and explore thousands of plain text files with Depeche View Lite
August 6, 2013 – 18:22 | Comments Off on Quickly search and explore thousands of plain text files with Depeche View Lite
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 on XSearch: small, simple, and a surprisingly capable search tool
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 on Navigate the Registry like a pro with RegScanner
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 on Replace Genius: super-charged search and replace, now free
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 …

Listary 4.0 makes file searching less of a chore
March 8, 2013 – 08:31 | One Comment
Listary 4.0 makes file searching less of a chore

Bopsoft has released Listary 4.0 and Listary Portable 4.0, the latest builds of its lightweight, ultra-compact search add-on for Windows users. The new release has been rewritten from scratch, and simplifies browsing and searching for …

Effective File Search: a powerful and easy to use Windows search tool
January 23, 2013 – 12:22 | Comments Off on Effective File Search: a powerful and easy to use Windows search tool
Effective File Search: a powerful and easy to use Windows search tool

At first glance, Effective File Search seems much like any other Windows search tool. Enter the file spec here; choose the folder you’d like to search over there; optionally filter by date or file size, …

AstroGrep: a simple, flexible Windows search tool
January 3, 2013 – 14:26 | Comments Off on AstroGrep: a simple, flexible Windows search tool
AstroGrep: a simple, flexible Windows search tool

Are you tired of the standard Windows search tool? You’re not alone. Its indexing component is difficult to control, and uses too many resources; we’ve found the index can become corrupted for no apparent reason; …

Locate32: a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows Search
December 14, 2012 – 08:56 | Comments Off on Locate32: a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows Search
Locate32: a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows Search

Microsoft may claim that Windows Search has improved considerably in recent years, but you don’t have to look very far to find those who disagree. Many people prefer the older XP-style interface, for instance, and …

DocFetcher: a powerful search engine for your desktop
November 15, 2012 – 11:20 | Comments Off on DocFetcher: a powerful search engine for your desktop
DocFetcher: a powerful search engine for your desktop

Windows Search has improved a lot in recent years: it’s faster, uses less resources, has more query options. If the technology still doesn’t deliver the searching power you need, though, it might be worth considering …

FileMind brings fast searches and tag filtering for Windows file management
November 2, 2012 – 13:49 | Comments Off on FileMind brings fast searches and tag filtering for Windows file management
FileMind brings fast searches and tag filtering for Windows file management

If you find that Windows Explorer does not meet your requirements for browsing and managing your files, you have no doubt taken a look at some of the many replacement utilities that exist. Many such …