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15 Best Windows Search Engines

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Windows Search has been associated with numbers of clean tricks & tips that the user could have used. However, never it was on par with features, attributed to the Linux or Operating System X. With the evolution of Windows 10, the differences in this regard reduced by a significant margin, but, still it is yet to reach the desired state of perfection and dynamism.


If the users are constantly looking for folders and files across their systems, it will be a better alternative to adopt some 3rd party tools. Windows Search comes effective to perform the basic as well as the casual usage.

1. Everything

This is rated as one of the most dynamic search tools for windows and using this application is extremely easy and effective. You will simply require installing and open the program, and subsequently, providing some indexing to the entire system. This tool takes lesser than a minute’s time in indexing a new windows installation. This is a lightweight application that takes the minimum storage space and hence, ideally suits the older and slower systems.

2. Lookeen

Though this tool features the similar attributes, as in the previous option, and the basic function are almost the similar, however, you will be getting some additional features. This tool can retrieve content beyond merely the file names and the search takes place almost instantly. The search window will display specific file types; you previously searched and allow the users to directly edit text files.


The most unique and exclusive application in its category, LISTARY comes with a minimalist design and will never ever Incept in your way, unless you command. In instances, you need to conduct a search, you will simply require typing-in and based on your command, the application will list all the files in the system, matching the command. Additionally, it can comply with commands for opening or copying the folder paths. You have the options to opt for the Free and Paid versions.

4. grepWin

This is one of the most sought-after tools for conducting windows search, with its features like capacity to retrieve search results from the Directory tree as well as to find files, having suitable contents as per the inserted commands. This tool will impress you with its accuracy and dynamism.


5. AstroGrep

A gallant alternative to the previously discussed tool, performs the same functions like retrieving the matching files as per the content, rather than going by the name of the file. However, you will not be getting the other advanced features as in grepWin. This tool is highly user-friendly.

6. SearchMyFiles

Though, apparently this tool features a primitive design, however, impresses the users with its flexibility. After you have got familiarity with its features and use, you get into a position to conduct intricate search queries, with the application of the Wildcards and filters.

7. Copernic Desktop Search

Initially starting as an online search engine, Copernic has been one of the major names in the Search Industry for the last 2 decades. However, the brand gained more popularity with its unique application for desktop search. In contemporary times, its desktop search application is rated the best application in its category.

8. Exselo Desktop

Another most highly sought-after tools for desktop searches, this tool is compatible to conduct complex search queries. The best part about this tool is its simple interface and can be integrated with Outlook. Most importantly, it share data in a secure manner.


9. Duplicate & Same Files Searcher

A major chunk of the space in the system hard drive gets consumed by duplicate files. The duplicated video, image and audio files will consume even more space. If you are suffering from such troubles, this is the most efficient tool to find the duplicated files instantly and subsequently, deleting the duplicate entries, producing more effective space for the new files and folders.

10. Registry Finder

Though Windows 10 feature better search capabilities, however, the registry still comes in a primitive state. If you want to fix some issues with the registry or you are desirous to add some tweaks, with the objective to make it more usable, the steps to explore the keys is going to take a significantly longer time. This is a gallant tool that takes it easier to explore the registry and the best part is that it comes for free.

11. FilesearchEX

If you are among those users who loved the Windows XP search functions, this program is going to be a gallant choice for you. In addition to feature a similar design for the user interface that is extremely user-friendly, this application will require the minimum resources on the system. However, the challenge is that you get the free version, only for the trial use. You will definitely appreciate its robust functionality and simple user interface.

12. Super Finder XT

This tool comes with an impressive interface and list the search results at a robust speed. The design of its interface features high similarity with the interfaces in the 2007 and 2010 versions of Microsoft Office. This tool not only comes with a simple interface, but, offer a host of effective features like the use of Special Hotkeys, picking multiple files as well as enabling the latest used management.


13. Locate 32

This tool underwent an upgrade in 2012 and this application feature decent functionality and efficiency, offering the most fascinating user experience. The best part is that this is a free application and comes with a simple interface for the users.

14. Fileseek

This is a highly dynamic, lightweight, and user-friendly tool for desktop search. This tool can be linked to the right-click menu of Windows Explorer and the tool works, independent of background indexing. This implies, in instances, the application is not in use, the performance of the system will never drop down.

15. HDDB File Search

This tool functions based on manual update of the database and features compatibility of the Windows Explorer with the Context Menu. In addition, it features command line support.

In addition to the ones discussed above, you can approach the professional IT consulting services for designing some customized applications that will be unique and completely compatible with the type of your usage.

Author: Stanislav Ivaschenko

Stanislav is a certified AWS solutions architect at Squadex with more than ten years of professional experience in building a broad range of software applications. He has experienced a large number of DevOps and infrastructure related tools, services and management practices.

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