Friday, September 28, 2012

Alternative Windows Desktop Search Tools


The built in Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS), is a nice feature on Windows computers for easily locating files and folders that you may not know the exact location of. However the built in search can be slow and doesn't always find what you know is there.

Third party Windows search tools offer more robust features and some have add-ons.
DocFetcher searches inside your document files! Find yourself looking through tons of documents? Try DocFetcher, a search tool that only searches for documents and text inside of documents saving you time.
Supported Document Formats: Microsoft Office (doc, xls, ppt), Microsoft Office 2007 and newer (docx, xlsx, pptx, docm, xlsm, pptm), Microsoft Outlook (pst), OpenOffice.org (odt, ods, odg, odp, ott, ots, otg, otp), Portable Document Format (pdf), HTML (html, xhtml, …), Plain text (customizable), Rich Text Format (rtf), AbiWord (abw, abw.gz, zabw), Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (chm), Microsoft Visio (vsd), Scalable Vector Graphics (svg)

One limitation of DocFetcher is that it requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to be installed on the computer.

Extra note: If you have forgotten the name of the file or folder you are looking for, using the above search tools, you can type in a partial search term and search. Doing so will still list all of the files and folders containing those letters or numbers.

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