Finding file in you computer can be at times very hectic. You might be having an idea where you saved a certain file but when it comes to get it you fin that it is a tiresome job. Some time it happens that you forget where you saved a file or sometime if a work place is using share network moving and saving of company files might not be the the best way hence one takes long to search for a file. Most often individual or workplaces with load of file and document being shared and saved need desktop search tools to help locate document or files.
These are tools that are designed to find information on the user’s personal computer, which includes like the web history, email archives, text documents, sound files, images and videos. The desktop search tools search within the computer files as opposed to the internet and basically collect three types of information, file and folder, metadata such as titles and authors and the file content.
They are divided into two categories; programs that require indexing before they can be used and those that do not require indexing. One of the main advantages of desktop search tools is that they offer fast searches, better options and filters. There are various types of desktop search tools, which include:
- Docfetcher, which is limited to, searches relating to document formats, audio and picture formats. This tool provides the file names and information about files such as size. It is at times used to find code in situations where it supports source code formats. It enables the user to locate the contents of the document based on keyword search.
- Everything. It is very simplistic as it is just an empty window with a small search bar across the top. As one types the search results show up. This application concentrates on files, folders and paths that cannot be used to search for specific file contents. This tool is said to be the fastest and monitors the file system changes therefore is always up to date.
- Filesearchy. This program indexes plain text document, Microsoft office documents and PDF files. It starts building an index immediately it is installed in the system and filters searches by date and size. It enables the user to find files on the computer quickly by simply typing the name or part of it.
- File seek. This program is a powerful search tool for windows that supports a wide variety of search related options. However, it does not create an index of files, which in turn means that searches may be a little bit slow although the search supports regular expressions and a wide variety of filters, date and size.
- Lookeen free desktop search. This search tool displays results in the program’s interface once the search button is pressed. Files can be previewed in the program upon selecting them.
- Masterseeker. This program always has a cache whenever it is started and uses more memory than other programs. However, it is very fast although it is limited by the file size.
- Listary. This tool does not have an interface of its own and the user just types the file and listary will automatically know based on the context whether to search or not. However, this tool is very flexible.