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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:
    • dupe:
      finding duplicated file and folder names
    • empty:
      finding empty folders quickly
    • parents: and root:
      for specifying folder depth
    • len:
      check the total path length (for instance against the MAX_PATH limit of 260)
    • size:
      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.


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