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Working with Search Everything

To illustrate Search Everything at work, I entered the string “everything” into the search box inside the application, which appears just below the menu bar and above the results pane where you can see a list of corresponding hits on the string, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4

Figure 4 Search Everything looks everywhere and finds everything quickly, quickly, quickly.

Close examination of the results pane in Figure 4 shows that the tool finds folders and all kinds of files: include link files (lnk), help files (chm), prefetch files (pf), and even initialization files (ini). Generally, as long as I can remember something of a file or folder’s name, Search Everything will find it for me quickly and easily. You can use wildcards with this tool (an asterisk * represents any arbitrary set of characters, while a question mark ? represents a single character position in a filename) just as you would on the Windows command line, in Windows Explorer, or with the Windows Search tool itself.

Just how fast is Search Everything? It’s hard to say because it usually finishes searching at the same time that you finish entering your search string. By contrast, Windows Search took two seconds to finish a search for “everything” on the same drive, and listed only two items, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5

Figure 5 It takes Windows Search 2 seconds to find 10 less items than Search Everything finds instantly.

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