Finding your Windows files quickly: Everything Search engine
Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/30
More than 4 years ago, I wrote about the Windows filename search replacement: Everything. Since then, Everything has even gotten better: though the “stable” 1.2 version dates back to 2009, a new series of 1.3.x betas has appeared since early 2013 that are just as stable, are faster and have far more features.
Some new features I like a lot:
- Support for Recent Changes, for instance searching for rc:today gives you files that have changed today.
- The extended search syntax now includes the ability to search for attributes (even compressed, offline or encrypted) and timestamps (even relative ones like dm:last10minutes) for datecreated (dc), datemodified (dm) or recentchanges (rc).
- Allow for boolean operators ! (NOT), & (AND) and space (OR) and grouping them with < and >.
- These search prefixes:
finding duplicated file and folder names
finding empty folders quickly
- parents: and root:
for specifying folder depth
check the total path length (for instance against the MAX_PATH limit of 260)
allowing ranges of file sizes
- ext: and type:
for specifying file extensions, and mime types
- The choice between an x86 or x64 build.
- A run history (including runcount: search) that counts how often you have launched a file from Everything (a metric on how important that file is for you)
- A search history.
- The ability to run as a service, so normal user accounts can query the Everything database.