Local Windows search tool
Everything is a Windows search software that allows users to search for files and folders in their local storage devices or any subsection of it. It searches through the Windows system using files and folder names and provides real-time results. The app does not do much more than search for files but its stability, effectiveness, and efficiency more than makes up for it.
How to use the Everything app?
Everything is a simple app yet one of the most useful ones that you can use for your PC. As noted, it bypasses the built-in search function of your computer and gives you real-time search results for all the folders and files in your local storage. It also checks for subsections, giving you a detailed list. The app has a clean interface and is split into two parts: the search function and the results page.
Upon installation, it creates an index of all the files and folders on your computer for easier searching. You only need to key in the keywords in the search function and wait for the search process to complete. Note that the app lacks a full-text search and focuses on the search keyword and phrases you provide to crawl through the hard disk. The search results will then be displayed on the results page, which comes with seven categories: Name, Size, Creation Time, Path, Last Write Time, Attributes, and Last Access Time.
With this, you can sort through the displayed result for more accuracy. Sorting through files does not take much time, but the speed slows down considerably if there are more than 1,000 search results. On top of the basic search function, this tool also offers file sharing with the HTTP, ETP, or FTP servers. Users can also conduct remote searches with minimal resources. The app, however, does not index emails so you cannot use it to search through your mails. Lookeen is a better choice for this kind of task.
Other advanced features
As noted, Everything does not do much other than search through your local storage. However, it offers more features when it comes to sorting and indexing your files. For one, the tool allows you to add attributes—such as file creation, access dates, file attributes, and file size, in the indexes. Doing so requires more memory, but it provides faster search results. Furthermore, since the app supports fast sorting, you can go through data sets and downloads within seconds.
The tool even remembers your searches and gives advanced search results, helping you build complex queries. You can also utilize the app’s multi-file renaming features, allowing you to change the names of various files in one go. This function also supports changing extensions, file names, and replacing text within files. Furthermore, this tool offers support for the ReFS file systems, indexing fixed ReFS volumes automatically.
With this, users can easily add removable volumes or manage ones to be indexed in the options. This is a lightweight tool that does not affect your system’s performance. Unlike Q4 Search and Commander, it focuses on content searching, allowing you to search for keywords, phrases, and other text within files. Its indexing takes very little time, providing you results within seconds.
A simple yet useful tool
Overall, Everything is a handy tool that can replace the built-in Windows Search function. The app searches through your storage system—and its subsections—and displays result within seconds. Moreover, it provides filters and sorts your results per your requirements. The app is also simple and easy to use and does not affect your computer’s performance. If you have disorganized computer storage, this app will be a very big help.