Alternatives to Windows Desktop Search

Tip submitted by evil fantasy on September 28 2012

Alternatives to Windows Desktop Search

The built in Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) is a nice feature on Windows computers for easily locating files and folders that you may not know the exact location of. However the built in search can be slow and doesn’t always find what you know is there.

Third party Windows search tools offer more robust features, are faster, and some even have add-ons.

Everything Search Engine
Everything Search Engine FAQ

Find and Run Robot (FARR) Homepage and features
FARR Features You Should Know About
FARR Add-ons

Wise JetSearch
Wise JetSearch Help Center

DocFetcher searches inside your document files! Find yourself looking through tons of documents? Try DocFetcher, a search tool that only searches for documents and text inside of documents saving you time.

DocFetcher Downloads (also a portable version)
DocFetcher Homepage and usage

Extra note: If you have forgotten the name of the file or folder you are looking for, using the above search tools, you can type in a partial search term and search. Doing so will still list all of the files and folders containing those letters or numbers.

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