What are the best desktop search programs for Windows?

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    EJ
    Edward Johnson
    Written on October 8, 2018
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    1. 34
      Copernic Desktop Search

      Copernic Desktop Search is an alternative to Windows Search as it allows you to centralize your document, file & email searches in one unique interface. 

      Software

      Windows

      $55.49 - Free trial available

      MF
      Megan Ford
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "Out of all the search programs for Windows, I will always choose Copernic. I used its free trial and it never disappoints me in searching my files in my laptop."
      MF
      Megan Ford
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "Out of all the search programs for Windows, I will always choose Copernic. I used its free trial and it never disappoints me in searching my files in my laptop."
      SW
      Sandra Wright
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "Out of all the search programs for Windows, I will always choose Copernic. I used its free trial and it never disappoints me in searching my files in my laptop."
      MM
      Michael M
      Written on February 19, 2018
      "I have used Copernic for years. It is a great program, it works fast, and it provides a searchable preview window. However, I think it is becoming pricey for individual users. Instead of a standalone, the program is offered as a subscription. If I did searches on a constant basis, I might upgrade from my version 3."
      HL
      Hansueli Lerch
      Written on May 29, 2018
      "I was not able to use it. The program could not find key words in the documents. For me it was never clear if the indexing process is completed or still continuing."
      JL
      Jacob Long
      Written on June 14, 2017
      "I used this to simplify my file searches on my pc. It can better locate files you need and quickly locate them when compared to the standard Windows search utility. It definitely found files that were missed on previous attempts without the service."
      JJ
      Joe Jacobs
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "The longer I own my PC, the more files I acquire. The built in search is no longer enough. This program helped me track down some files I could no longer find. Very useful overall."
      JG
      José Guadalupe Galván
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Cortana is too slow for Windows 10. Copernic is a way better option if you're looking for a program to search your Windows."
      HL
      Hansueli Lerch
      Written on May 29, 2018
      "I was not able to use it. Too complicate for me"
    2. 31
      Lookeen
      Lookeen Free Desktop Search is a Windows search tool enabling you to find data saved anywhere on your local drive. Business edition also available.
      Software

      Windows

      $49.8 - Free trial available

      SW
      Susan Wright
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I downloaded the free version and it really impressed me since it worked until the Windows Vista. I plan to buy the Business edition to have more features of this software."
      SW
      Susan Wright
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I downloaded the free version and it really impressed me since it worked until the Windows Vista. I plan to buy the Business edition to have more features of this software."
      MC
      Mary Carter
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I downloaded the free version and it really impressed me since it worked until the Windows Vista. I plan to buy the Business edition to have more features of this software."
      KD
      Kevin Duncan
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "I wanted to see what Lookeen was all about so I decided to give it a test run. There are two versions a free and a professional, so I chose to use the free. There are a lot of features available to use and the program does indeed make it simple to search, but in my opinion I can do virtually everything here already with the default windows search function. So if you need something because you are afraid to use the default windows search function, Lookeen is for you. However, I do not advise you get the professional version. The added features are not worth the price tag associated with the package."
      AB
      Alejandro Bonilla
      Written on January 16, 2017
      "If you have a massive amount of files on your computer and other hard drives, Lookeen seems to be one of the best choices available on the market. The free edition would more than suffice for most users and there are a lot of different search options at your disposal."
      HL
      Hansueli Lerch
      Written on May 29, 2018
      "Within the test period the program could not find all the key word in the document. Status of the indexing process was allays a Mysterium for me."
      GH
      Guo Hu
      Written on July 2, 2017
      "the software is very efficient and usefull"
    3. 23
      Listary

      Listary is a search utility for Windows that lets you quickly find your files and launch applications.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      CC
      César Correa
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "It acts like a file management tool but it's also great in looking for files in my laptop."
      CC
      César Correa
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "It acts like a file management tool but it's also great in looking for files in my laptop."
      LB
      Larry Bell
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "It acts like a file management tool but it's also great in looking for files in my laptop."
      CR
      Carl Ryan
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "If you do a lot of file searches, then you know that the windows files explorer just doesn't cut it. Listary fills the holes in explorer with search, compression and application launching that will boost your productivity instantly. It also integrates with existing tools like file commander and Xplorer2."
      CH
      Carol Henry
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "I was looking through my Windows files and could never find what I was looking for. A friend told me about Listary so I decided to give it a try. It made finding the files I was actually looking for a lot easier and saves a lot of time."
      BB
      Bobby Brown
      Written on May 13, 2017
      "Listary works in context menus and file explorer windows, and is more of a file management resource than solely search. It is probably a more powerful tool that does other things, ones you might not need if all you needed was search."

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that the first three search engines ever made were named “Archie”, “Veronica”, and “Jughead”? The “Archie” search engine is considered to be the first one developed, which was derived from the word “archive” without the V and created by three computer science students from McGill University School of Computer Science in 1990, in which the program downloads the directory listings of all the files located on public anonymous FTP sites, creating then a searchable database of downloadable file names. The service began as a project for students and volunteer staff of the university and further work on the Archie server was ceased during the late 90s, although it is still maintained and active for historical purposes in Poland at the University of Warsaw’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling.

    A year after Archie’s release, the Gopher protocol emerged, spearheaded by University of Minnesota’s Microcomputer Center manager Mark McCahill, and with it, two programs dubbed “Veronica” and “Jughead”. Despite the Archie server creator Alan Emtage stating that there were no relations between his program and the Archie comics, the two new programs from the Gopher protocol were characters from the series, thus referencing their predecessor.

    Although the earlier search engines might be considered inferior compared to the ones we have today, most of the features that were incorporated within their forerunners - like algorithms, keywords, and related studies - are what made modern search engines easier to use.

    1. 23
      Agent Ransack

      Agent Ransack is a freeware Gui based, multithreaded search tool published by Mythicsoft. Available for free Agent Ransack is the lite version of File Locator file searching solution.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      BC
      Bruce Chapman
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I used this software and good thing that this version is updated and works both in 32 and 64 bit."
      BC
      Bruce Chapman
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I used this software and good thing that this version is updated and works both in 32 and 64 bit."
      EP
      Edward Powell
      Written on August 28, 2018
      "I used this software and good thing that this version is updated and works both in 32 and 64 bit."
      JR
      Joseph Richardson
      Written on April 16, 2017
      "I am the systems administrator for a national law firm. One of the most frequent request I would get from users would be the ability to search for specific keywords in a document from are vast file library. I tried several products that were not getting the job done. They would constantly miss files and the interfaces were not user friendly enough for non-technical people. I finally came across Agent Ransack and it has been a breath of fresh air. My users can just jump right into it and have almost no trouble using its search features. It is miles ahead of other search programs when it comes to completely searching all the files queried. I would highly recommend this program to other systems admins looking for a great Windows search program."
      CL
      Chan Liu
      Written on March 29, 2017
      "This program was not what I was looking for as I believe it overcomplicated the process. I would prefer something with a simpler and more modern interface."
      VK
      Vibhore Khan
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "agent ransack is kind of an outdated file search system but if your still on windows 7 and below for some reason the program will work wonders for you!"
    2. 22
      Exselo Desktop

      Exselo Desktop is desktop search tool that allows users to collaborate, search and share data in real time using encrypted peer-to-peer technology.

      Software

      Windows

      Free - $1.95/month

      KR
      Karen Russell
      Written on June 25, 2017
      "Exselo eases the workload in our office. Now we can easily collaborate on projects with this desktop search product because it will search everyone's system for the..."
      KR
      Karen Russell
      Written on June 25, 2017
      "Exselo eases the workload in our office. Now we can easily collaborate on projects with this desktop search product because it will search everyone's system for the information we need. Our work is safe and secure and projects don't hit stumbling blocks because we have to wait for information from someone else. This can be a life saver."
      DB
      Deborah Bell
      Written on June 29, 2017
      "Exselo Desktop is an excellent peer-to-peer resource that lets coworkers collaborate and share work instantly. You and your peers can search and quickly locate the files that you are looking for and get your project going in no time!"
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      Andrew Delgado
      Written on August 6, 2017
      "This product seems designed for the sole purpose of searching one's computer. It might be overkill, but it does provide a good solution."
    3. 20
      AKIN Desktop HyperSearch

      AKIN Desktop HyperSearch is a desktop search programme for Windows that counts with advanced pattern recognition that allows you search without worrying about misspelling a word and find exactly what you need.  

      Software

      Windows

      Free - $129.99

      CE
      Chris Eakins
      Written on October 14, 2017
      "This is next-gen desktop search technology. Most of the other search engines here rely on exact word or exact partial word matches that require you to play a game of guessing...."
      CE
      Chris Eakins
      Written on October 14, 2017
      "This is next-gen desktop search technology. Most of the other search engines here rely on exact word or exact partial word matches that require you to play a game of guessing. AKIN uses advanced pattern recognition AI that allows you to just type what you remember and not worry about the exact way something was named or written. It can find things when they were misspelled, or spelled differently, when text was run together or words broken apart, in a different order, as well as semantic search which searches for the meaning of what you typed in the text."
      NU
      Nathan Ulmer
      Written on October 27, 2017
      "This desktop app will blow your mind! I use it to search my emails and find files on my laptop...child's play for this app. I'd really like to see this in the hands of a curator or research archivist. Spelling errors, it reads through them. Not quite sure what you're looking for...just the simplest "clue" and it will give you RELEVANT results. Refreshingly smart."
      CE
      Chris Eakins
      Written on October 12, 2017
      "Most other solutions mentioned here rely on exact word searches. AKIN is next-gen advanced fuzzy/semantic search, which basically means you no longer have to remember EXACTLY what something was called, how it was spelled, or the exact order of words, etc. This search is crazy good. Perfect for busy people who want to find their stuff NOW."
    4. 17
      Voidtools Everything
      Everything is a esktopd dsearch tool for instantly finding everything you need in your Windows device. A small installation file gives you access to a clean and easy interface for your desktop searches.
      Software

      Windows

      Free

      SE
      Sean Elliott
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "If you have ever tried to find a program or file on your computer and been at a loss, you could probably get a lot of use out of this program. No more searching for hours and..."
      SE
      Sean Elliott
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "If you have ever tried to find a program or file on your computer and been at a loss, you could probably get a lot of use out of this program. No more searching for hours and not finding what you're looking for."
      HP
      Howard Peters
      Written on March 31, 2017
      "This seems like a good, lightweight solution with a small install footprint. Allows the user to perform the functions they need without a lot of extra bloat."
      JS
      Jason Simmons
      Written on March 8, 2017
      "This product makes searching my computer easier than ever. Its much more efficient and organized than the default search on my computer."
    5. 14
      SSuite Desktop Search Engine

      SSuite Desktop Search Engine is a free desktop search engine that allows you to easily search for files, pictures. videos, and programs that you have on your computer. If you don't seem to find it, or can't remember in what folder you put it, then this tool will help you out. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      GO
      Georgia Olson
      Written on January 23, 2018
      "Runs on any Windows system from 95 to 10. Very fast and multi-threaded. Display results in grid from and image previews."
      GO
      Georgia Olson
      Written on January 23, 2018
      "Runs on any Windows system from 95 to 10. Very fast and multi-threaded. Display results in grid from and image previews."
    6. 13
      Wise JetSearch

      Wise JetSearch is a free tool that helps you find your local folders, files, images, videos, quickly in your local drives. Removal and FAT drive supported. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      SD
      Shirley Dunn
      Written on November 26, 2017
      "Wise JetSearch is an alternative program to help look for files on the computer. It looks like the interface and level of function are worth checking out."
      SD
      Shirley Dunn
      Written on November 26, 2017
      "Wise JetSearch is an alternative program to help look for files on the computer. It looks like the interface and level of function are worth checking out."
    7. 8
      Locate32

      Locate32 finds files and directories based on file and folder names stored in a database. It lets you locate files quickly, using databases to store information about directory structures and then using these databases in searches. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      EC
      Eric Chen
      Written on May 4, 2017
      "Searches are performed from a database of indexed files and folders instead of directly from the hard-drive, making them faster. Word search does not perform well. I found the..."
      EC
      Eric Chen
      Written on May 4, 2017
      "Searches are performed from a database of indexed files and folders instead of directly from the hard-drive, making them faster. Word search does not perform well. I found the database file size for a 300 GB hard disk to be around 30 MB."
      JB
      Jerry Beck
      Written on January 14, 2017
      "There has got to be a better way to search old binary files than Locate32. The website is hard to manage and it is little better than the default programs found on the computer anyway. This is a complete waste of your time."
      DP
      Dylan Price
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "This is an excellent app for quickly finding the file that you need. I like that it comes in 32 and 64 bit versions."
    8. 8
      TextSeek

      TextSeek is a software designed to improve user's efficiency in desktop searching. It supports different document formats such as Word, Excel,  Powerpoint, PDF, RTF, and more.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Varies by plan

      ZG
      Zest Geek
      Written on October 3, 2018
      "I have tried many softwares to search document context character-by-character. The common tools like Windows Search, Looken is based on indexing technology, so it's impossible..."
      ZG
      Zest Geek
      Written on October 3, 2018
      "I have tried many softwares to search document context character-by-character. The common tools like Windows Search, Looken is based on indexing technology, so it's impossible to search raw text like in notepad. For example, I wanna search "Euro" to hit "European","Europe","Eurodollar" and "Euro." , only TextSeek can hit them all. Finally , I find the TextSeek, it indeed find every position in all my documents, no one is missing. I highly recommend you have a try."
      MT
      Md Tahsin
      Written on October 5, 2018
      "TextSeek is lightning fast, covers everything on your computer , and gives you the results you need"
      BL
      BD Legends
      Written on October 5, 2018
      "TextSeek simplifies the complicated searching to look for information into your machines."
      RR
      Rasel Rana Ovi
      Written on October 5, 2018
      "For me the best search tool ever! It really finds everything within seconds!"
      Mh
      Mehedi hasan
      Written on October 5, 2018
      "It supports Windows and Mac, cross-platform softwares are just what I need."
    9. 7
      SearchMyFiles

      SearchMyFiles 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. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      MS
      Marilyn Sanders
      Written on February 24, 2017
      "I'm having a hard time deciding if this is a trustworthy solution. I just can't find good info on this solution and the website looks old and not very professionally designed...."
      MS
      Marilyn Sanders
      Written on February 24, 2017
      "I'm having a hard time deciding if this is a trustworthy solution. I just can't find good info on this solution and the website looks old and not very professionally designed. It's setting off redflags. This software was also looks to have a clunky UI."
      HJ
      Henry Jordan
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "For a person looking to simplify the process of searching through windows files, SearchMyFiles is an immense help. The program is simple to use and saves a bunch of time."
      PW
      Patrick Willis
      Written on January 19, 2017
      "This is an excellent way to look for anything on your computer. It will help everybody, and anybody with something they may need to find."
    10. 3
      AstroGrep

      AstroGrep is a Microsoft Windows grep utility, a command-line program which searches within files for keywords. It supports regular expressions, versatile printing options, stores most recently used paths and has a "context" feature which is very nice for looking at source code.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      GM
      Grace Meng
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Sometimes I find myself in a situation where I need a file on my computer but I can't remember where I put that file. This is rather frustrating. I have used the regular..."
      GM
      Grace Meng
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Sometimes I find myself in a situation where I need a file on my computer but I can't remember where I put that file. This is rather frustrating. I have used the regular search feature that comes installed with my windows computer, but it sometimes didn't find the documents I was looking for. Someone told me about AstroGrep, and I gave it try. I will say that it is one of the best search programs for Windows. I found files faster with AstroGrep than I did using the search feature that already came with my computer."
      JS
      Janice Stewart
      Written on May 29, 2017
      "This worked well. I can literally find anything on my Windows directory within seconds simply by typing in a keyword. No longer do I have to search through endless files and folders to find the document or program I am looking for."
      JG
      Justin Grant
      Written on May 14, 2017
      "AstroGrep is the best search program ever! It lets me search for files, but even better, it lets me search inside files which other search programs won't let me do which makes it quicker and easier to use."
    11. 1
      Registry Finder

      Registry Finder is an improved replacement for the built-in Windows registry editor that allows you to browse the local registry; create, delete, rename keys and values; modify values as its natural data type (string, multistring, DWORD) or as a binary data, and more.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      DL
      Doris Larson
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "My mom is always asking me for help finding programs and picture fules on her computer for her. A friend told me to check out Registry Finder. I can say that it is a bit..."
      DL
      Doris Larson
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "My mom is always asking me for help finding programs and picture fules on her computer for her. A friend told me to check out Registry Finder. I can say that it is a bit complicated and not really for searching desktop files at all."
      BS
      Brandon Smith
      Written on February 4, 2017
      "I was looking for a desktop search programs for Windows that is better than the stock search function. I gave Registry Finder a shot but I don't think it's what I'm looking for. Anyone have a better suggestion?"
      JD
      Jonathan Duncan
      Written on May 6, 2017
      "I liked the guide on how to use it which makes it simple and easy to use, the screenshots helps a lot. Can be use on different windows version is plus. i liked it"
    12. 0
      Duplicate & Same Files Searcher

      Duplicate & Same Files Searcher lets you search for duplicate file contents regardless of the file name (true byte-to-byte comparison). It allows you to delete duplicate files, move them to another location, and also replace duplicates with NTFS hard links.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

      MG
      Marilyn Greene
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "I needed something to search my Windows computer right from my desktop. My computer was getting cluttered and I needed something I could find stuff with easily. This program..."
      MG
      Marilyn Greene
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "I needed something to search my Windows computer right from my desktop. My computer was getting cluttered and I needed something I could find stuff with easily. This program let me find duplicate files and delete them, so my computer became less cluttered. It was tough to use, since I think it's in Russian, and it didn't seem to do anything else. I needed something a bit more feature-heavy and in English!"
      WW
      William Ward
      Written on March 30, 2017
      "This is a very niche tool for searching for duplicate files. The thing that makes this useful is that it will search for files even they they have different names."
      WG
      William Gordon
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "This is likely not the best but it is a file search program."

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    Summary

    Best desktop search programs for Windows
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Copernic Desktop Search Software 34 Paid
    2 Lookeen Software 31 Paid
    3 Listary Software 23 Free
    4 Agent Ransack Software 23 Free
    5 Exselo Desktop Software 22 Free
    6 AKIN Desktop HyperSearch Software 20 Free
    7 Voidtools Everything Software 17 Free
    8 SSuite Desktop Search Engine Software 14 Free
    9 Wise JetSearch Software 13 Free
    10 Locate32 Software 8 Free
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