Search Files and Folders Instantly in Windows [How-To]

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Searching high and low for a particular file or folder in Windows? If you’re fired up with Windows default search engine, here’s another free and portable search engine tool for your Windows – "Everything".

In short, "Everything" enables you quickly search, index and  locate files & folders by names.

Unlike Windows search engine, "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer. You can type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

Everything comes with a clean and simple user interface. It supports real-time updating and monitors file system changes.

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How to Use “Everything”

  1. Download Everything Search Engine.
  2. After installed, Everything will begin to index all your files. It may take a couple seconds.
  3. You may use search edit to set parameters to bring the search result into focus.
  4. Or, you can simply type in the name of files or folders you wish to search for.
  5. Click on the item in search result to open it.

Searching Tips

Include Specified Folder

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Under the Exclude tab, click Add Folder.
  • Make sure the type is an Include.
  • Choose the folder you wish to include.
  • Click OK.

Exclude Specified Folder

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Under the Exclude tab, click Add Folder.
  • Make sure the type is an Exclude.
  • Choose the folder you wish to exclude.
  • Click OK.

Include Specified File Type(s)

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Under the Exclude tab, click Add Filter.
  • Make sure the type is an Include.
  • Type in the filter: *.docx where docx is the file extension you would like to include.
  • Click OK.

Exclude Specified File Type(s)

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Under the Exclude tab, click Add Filter.
  • Make sure the type is an Exclude.
  • Type in the filter: *.txt where txt is the file extension you would like to exclude.
  • Click OK.

You may also type the partial file name to find what you are looking for:

  • AND: Searching for abc 123 searches for abc and 123
  • OR: Searching for abc | 123 searches for abc or 123
  • NOT: Searching for abc !123 searches for abc and not 123

Make sure you have a starting * if you are trying to match a partial path using wildcards.

For complete information of "Everything", visit Everything WIKI.

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