How many times have you been working on a file recently and want to access it again, but now you can’t find it?
Well, I know I’ve done this more times than is funny and I’ve been asked numerous times by others for help with this, so I’m assuming that the problem is common enough to deserve a post.
Windows users (sorry can’t advise for anything else):
Next to the Windows 10 Start Button Icon there is a round circle & this is a search shortcut – just click & type anything you’re looking for here & it’ll go away & search documents, apps, settings, photos or on the web
The easiest way to do this is to use Windows search facility. Vista and XP are a bit different so here are details for both.
There’s a much better way
I prefer to use a free utility called Everything from Voidtools (https://www.voidtools.com/)
“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
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.
How long will it take to index my files?
“Everything” only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database.
“Everything” can also search file content with the content, using the search function but as file content is not indexed, searching content is slower.
Does “Everything” monitor file system changes?
Yes, “Everything” does monitor file system changes.
Your search windows will reflect changes made to the file system.
And best of all, “Everything” uses very little system resources.
I hightly recommend it as I use it many times every day.