Quickly search for Windows files with Everything - Tips

Need to quickly find a file stored on your computer? Forget the Windows search tool, far too slow: Everything is going to find it instantly.

You probably know this situation: you need to get your hands on a file stored on your PC, you only remember his name - or part of his name - but you do not know where he is at all. tidy. There is no question of browsing all the folders on your computer, especially if you have several storage devices (hard disk or SSD) containing hundreds of folders and subfolders.

Of course, you can use the integrated search tool in Windows. But, as you have probably already noticed, it is quite slow. Even extremely slow. Fortunately, there is better: Everything.

Everything: an ultra-fast search tool

Everything is a very effective free little search tool that works with all versions of Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 10. It is distinguished by its lightness - it occupies less than 10 MB of disk space ... - and, above all, its speed since it provides results in real time.

The trick? Everything by default searches for file names only. Then, just enter a few letters in its search field to instantly display all the files with these letters in their name. Magical !

Everything has many options to refine the search and offers a variety of customization options, but in this handbook we will focus on its primary function: simple search.

Install Everything

  • With your usual web browser, download Everything from our Download section. Note that the logcieil exists in versions 32 and 34 bits, but also in "portable" version, ie requiring no installation.
  • Open the installation file and follow the instructions.
  • In principle, Everything automatically detects the language used - French in our case. Click on OK to validate.
  • In the next window, accept the terms of use by clicking I accept.
  • Then choose the location for the installation. If your default destination is right for you, click following. Otherwise, change it and validate.

  • Everything then offers options for where to save settings and how to use its indexing service. Leave the options checked by default and click following.
  • Do the same in the next window with the various options for installing shortcuts - you can always check or uncheck the boxes according to your preferences.
  • Click Install and wait during installation. If the Windows User Control window appears during the process to warn you that the program is trying to install, click Yes to accept.
  • At the end of the process, a window tells you that the installation went well. Click on finish.

Perform a simple search with Everything

If you have left the box checked, everything will automatically start at the end of the installation. If this is not the case, you can launch it manually by clicking on its icon (in the form of an orange magnifying glass) on the right in the Windows taskbar (possibly in the mini menu with the arrow).

  • The main window of Everything immediately displays a list of files. Do not worry about it. Use the search box at the top to enter a few letters of a file name you are looking for.

  • As you type, the contents of the window change to show the files whose names contain the letters you typed, which are each highlighted in bold. Everything works in real time, giving you instant results! And that's what makes all the difference with standard Windows search, infinitely slower ...

  • Note that at the bottom of the window, a counter tells you the number of files whose name matches your query.
  • Of course, you can use the vertical scrollbar to scroll through the results and find the file you are looking for. But you can also continue typing other letters to refine your search. Again, everything updates the window in real time. You can even type several words with spaces: the program will take them into account!
  • When you have found the file you were looking for, you can of course double-click on it to open it in the default associated software - for example, an audio player if it is a MP3 file, or your favorite word processor if it is a DOC document. But there is smarter.

  • Right click on the file and choose the option that suits you in the context menu. You can open it, as before, but also click Open the path to access its location in the folder that contains it, which is sometimes more useful, or copy it to the Windows Clipboard, zip it, send it to OneDrive, and so on. Remember that the list of proposed actions depends on the software installed on your PC.

Discover the other functions of Everything

Despite its size, Everything has other more advanced features and offers many customization options. We will not detail them all here, but here is a little overview of what you can do.

Customize the software

  • In the Everything window, open the menu ToolsAnd click Options ... A new window appears listing the many parameters you can adjust in the software.

  • The menu on the left allows you to navigate between the different sections: UI (User Interface), Search, Results, Display, Keyboard shortcuts, etc. Most of these are check or uncheck boxes, but some topics - such as NTFS volume indexing - offer specific settings. Avoid touching it if you do not know exactly what you are doing, especially since the titles are not all well translated ...

Use different search options

The menu R&D offers more advanced search functions.

  • For example, by selecting Case sensitive, you can force everything to be case-sensitive in his searches.
  • Similarly, if you check the Match whole word option, the software will only show in its results the files containing exactly the entire word you typed, not just a part.
  • By default, Everything displays all file types whose names match the entered letters, regardless of their type. but you can limit the results to certain types of files. Still in the menu R&D, check the option Audio filefor example, and you will only see files of this type in the results. Same with other options (Executable file, Image file, Video file, Etc.).

  • The most advanced search functions are hidden in the option Advanced Search (not translated ...), from the menu R&D. By selecting it, a new window opens with many parameters. Thus, the upper part allows you to juggle Boolean operators to perform multiple searches combining criteria (all words exactly, any word of an expression, etc.). The lower section allows you to search the content of files, not just their name. Of course, this search is much slower. To use it, enter a word or phrase in the field A word or phrase in the file, check or uncheck the optional boxes below and possibly specify the location of a volume or folder to explore and click the button Browse ..., then confirm by clicking on OK.

As you can see from this very limited preview, Everything has many features for advanced research that will be of interest to experts. But they are all optional, and nothing prevents you from using everything on a daily basis for rich simple and ultra fast!

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