Feature rich freeware alternative to Windows search
- Lots of search options
- No installation necessary
- Searching big drives can take time
Have you sometimes found the Windows search imprecise or lacking in options? SearchMyFiles is a lightweight freeware app that offers you detailed parameters for performing searches in amongst your various drives and discs.
SearchMyFiles isn't the fastest search tool available, as it doesn't perform any indexing of your files to make life easier. However, this means SearchMyFiles is ready to use from the start without a lengthy setup.
You can set searches to look in specific folders or drives, and exclude others if you want. You can search for files containing specific text or binary information, specify the size range of the file your after, and much more. You can even specify looking for read only, hidden, compressed and encrypted files. This makes SearchMyFiles a great way to scan folders or drives for types of file.
It's not really user friendly, but if you know a little about files and formats, SearchMyFiles should be pretty easy to use. What it is missing is a progress bar - sometimes you may start a search, and give up when no results appear. This is often because SearchMyFiles hasn't finished - it's not a very fast engine, and big drives can take a few minutes to scan. Despite this, it seems thorough and effective. You can use it to search for duplicate files - try it on your music folder to clean out those irritating repeated tracks in your collection!
It's not fast, but it's free, full of features and effective - SearchMyFiles is a valuable little search application for your toolbox!
- Fixed the Explorer context menu to work properly with folder names containing comma character. (You have to remove the context menu and then add it again in order to update the context menu with this fix)