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File Searching

FileSeek enables you to search your computer for files that match a specified keyword or string.

SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard 'Search For Files And Folders' module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size.

XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in high speed.

TextCrawler enables you to instantly find and replace words and phrases across multiple files and folders. It utilises a powerful Regular Expression engine to enable you to create sophisticated searches, perform batch operations, extract text from files and more.

Everything is a search engine for Windows. Everything replaces the windows search with a much faster one. Unlike Windows search Everything initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name Everything). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

Xteq X-Find
Xteq X-Find is a great program to find what you are looking for. Simply select where and what it should search and press 'Go'; that's all you need to do. You can even specify a text that it should find inside the files.
After the requested files have been found, select one and X-Find will display it in the same window (no extra program is started).
X-Find is also able to highlight the searched text when viewing the file.

WildReplace is a search and replace tool that lets you searh for files on your disks and presents the results in a folder tree highlighting the folders and files that have been found. Most programs of its kind display a plain list of results; WildReplace presents the information by mainting the folder structure of your disk, and highlighting the folders that contain files that have matched your search criteria.
You can search for files with special attributes (Read-Only, System, Archive, etc.), files that contain a matching phrase (works with both Text and Binary files). WildReplace can also replace text on files, a feature that is really very powerful but should be treated with care. WildReplace can create backups of modified files, delete files that match your search criteria or move all matching files to a new location while preserving the same folder structure.

This is a find utility which can search multiple drives and search for text within files.

Db is a volume manager that indexes any media for searching (offline). It is especially useful for indexing large collections of CDs, DVDs, etc, containing a very large number of files and folders.

Agent Ransack
Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack displays the text found so you can quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file! Agent Ransack provides compelling advantages over similar search tools: Regular expressions that allow complex rule based searches. Immediate contents results view. Various wizards to walk the user through the searching process. NOTE: Registration requested, but not required name and e-mail.

TreeRep is a file/string management utility. This program allows you to search for and delete or replace text in a file or in a number of files.
The power of TreeRep lies in its versatility. TreeRep allows you to seach for a string in a directory and in all its subsequent subdirecories before you do any string replacement. Once your text is found, that file is automatically added to your selection. After the search is complete, the program returns into replace mode. You are now ready to implement your changes. Of course you can select files manually as well. For example, to manage a web-site with a number of subdirectories and often hundreds of files, TreeRep is an essential program.
Requires vb40032.dll

Instant File Name Search
Instant File Name Search (IFNS) is a fast, free and easy to use software especially designed for file name searches. Instantly search files by name, part of name or mask (*.pdf, pentium?.jpg, *nirvana*.mp3 etc.) on your computer or local network. IFNS offers support of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), database management (you can create several search databases: my computer, all music, CD etc.), hot keys and a convenient, Explorer like interface. Save your time and money.

A comprehensive and flexible file finding tool. Has numerous modes for searching for common system files, duplicates, or specific file specifications that you supply in a separate text file. Saves findings as a report, a comma-separated (CSV) file, and also as a binary catalog (CAT) file for use by CompCats. You can use FindFile together with CompCats to track file system changes or compare different computers. FindFile captures file version and description info as well as date, time, and size.

eXpress FreshFiles Finder
XFFF is an small freeware utility for finding the freshest files on your disks. Main features is include, but not limited by: recursive processing subfolders, finding the specified number of freshest files, or files modified after specified date/time.

Filehand Search
Filehand Search brings the power of internet-style searching to your personal computer. Using Filehand Search you can find information stored in your computer system with the same ease and speed that you find information on the internet using search engine sites such as Google and Yahoo.
(You'll need .NET 1.0 or 1.1 to run Filehand)

Harddisk Search and Stats
Freeware file and disk search engine. Harddisk Search and Stats can search multiple files and folders recursively. You can also specify non-recursive searches. Use as many search-phrases as you want within one search. The search can be filtered according to file extensions. The program has an internal file viewer, but you can also specify an external file viewer, or use the default Windows viewer, which can differ per file type. The search-filter can import all file extensions from a folder (recursively). The program does not need to be installed, and does not use the Windows registry. Simply double-click on the exe and the program starts! Harddisk Search and Stats is able to search all ASCII/text-based file types.

InfoRapid Search & Replace
InfoRapid Search & Replace is one of the most powerful text retrieval programs currently available for Microsoft Windows. With its built-in converters, it's excellently suitable for searching and previewing HTML and RTF documents. In pure text files, the found text passages can be replaced after the search is over. The search and replace process can be automated with the help of batch files to replace several phrases in one step. The found documents can be opened in a preview window, in which the matches are highlighted. A special feature is that InfoRapid can use Microsoft Office converters to search WinWord, Excel, Lotus and other documents and preview them in their original layout.

Search & Replace 98
Search & Replace 98 is a text search and replace tool that can do its work on single text files or an entire directory.
Local Download (250 kB)

The Sleuth-hound! 2.18 (last freeware version) is a really full-functional hard disk search engine. If you forget what folders contain your most important documents or you want to get all the documents on a certain subject just call The Sleuth-hound!. Show several keywords to it and command Find it! The Sleuth-hound! finds all the documents that contain the keywords and shows the list of them in easy-to-navigate Results Browser. Review the list. View the text with the highlighted keywords and choose the documents you need. Click on the header or name of the document and edit it in associated application.

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