In this age of digital technology, we have left behind devices such as flash drives and optical disks as the internet has proved to be an excellent source for downloading stuffs from the comfort of our home. We no longer buy software, games or movies on optical disks as there is no denying that almost every software or movie that you want can be downloaded from the internet and of course were taking about getting stuff legally. With the elimination of the need of physical data storage devices to share digital items, the generating of e-waste has also been reduced to an great extent.
Our computers today have more terabytes of storage space available on them and most of it would be full of data. Storing multiple terabytes of data is not a big problem, but searching through the vast amount of data for a single file is where the problem arises.
The default file searching tool in windows does a decent job on searching for files and folders on your computer, however it’s as fast as your hard disk is. For all of us, time is of the utmost importance and nobody would like to wait for minutes while the file searching tools searches for a file.
Fortunately, there are many third party file searching tools available for windows which are far better that the default files searching tool on windows. ” Everything ” is one of these third party file searching tools for windows which is much better and faster than the default file searching tool on windows.
Using Everything is very simple, just install it and once installed you can type in a partial file or folder name to search for any file related to that query and the results will be displayed instantly along with their location path, size and the date of modification.
The tool even allows you to filter the search results based on file types such as audio, video, executable, documents or pictures. Adding to that you can even match the search results based on case, whole words, paths or diacritics.
Here are a few methods by which you can customize your file and folder search to get precise results.
How to Perform an Advanced Search with Everything
How do I search for a file or folder?
Type the partial file or folder name into the search edit, the results will appear instantly.
How do I use boolean operators?
AND is the default boolean operator.
For example, here is how to search for abc and 123: abc 123
To search for either of two search terms, add a | between the terms.
For example, here is how to search for .jpg or .bmp: .jpg | .bmp
To exclude something from the search include a ! at the front of the term.
For example, here is how to search for everything except abc: !abc
How do I use wildcards?
Using a * in your search will match any number of any type of character.
For example, here is how to search for files and folders that start with e and end with g: e*g
Using a ? in your search will match one character.
For example, here is how to search for files that have a 2 letter file extension: *.??
How do I include spaces in my search?
To include spaces in your search enclose your search in double quotes.
For example, here is how to search for foo<space>bar: “foo bar”
How do I search for a file type?
To search for a file type, type the file extension into the search edit,
ie to search for the mp3 file type, type *.mp3 into the search edit.
To search for more than one type of file type use a | to separate file types,
ie *.bmp|*.jpg will search for files with the extension bmp or jpg.
How do I search for files and folders in a specific location?
To search for files and folders in a specific location include a \ in your search string.
For example, here is how to search for all your mp3s in a downloads folder: downloads\ .mp3
You could alternately enable Match Path in the Search menu and include the location in your search string.
For example, here is how to search for all your avis in a downloads folder with Match Path enabled: downloads .avi
The best thing about everything is its clean interface and simplicity of use. It doesn’t have any advanced options to confuse you, rather it straightforwardly allows you to search for files on your computer and the results are displayed instantly while consuming very little;e system resources. Everything is a freeware and you can download it from the link provided below.