What are the best Windows tools for searching files and documents?

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  1. 18

    #1Copernic Desktop Search

    Copernic Desktop Search

    Copernic Desktop Search is an alternative to Windows Search as it allows you to centralize your document, file & email searches in one unique interface. 

    Software

    Windows

    $55.49- Free trial available

    Shirley Wang
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "I love this so much! It helps a lot helping me be more effective in my time management. Everything you would need on your computer is right at your fingertips. Easy to use, simple to learn, this program has immensly helped me with my daily working routine."
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    #2Everything Search Tool

    Everything Search Tool

    Everything is a freeware search tool that locates files and folders by name instantly for Windows. You can type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Billy Gray
    Written on July 12, 2018
    "The everything search tool will help you easily find files on your machine. It keeps track of where everything is and the folders it's located in. If you have items to look for, this one is highly recommended to help you out."
  3. 10

    #3Wise JetSearch

    Wise JetSearch

    Wise JetSearch is a free tool that helps you find your local folders, files, images, videos, quickly in your local drives. Removal and FAT drive supported. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gregory Stone
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "A handy , lite weight search tool that is faster than Windows search for sure. From the wise guys at Wise. I have been using their other tools since the Win XP days, and they all do some serious advanced work without any problems erupting in my experience. If your folders and files are as vast as mine are, you may find this little free tool very handy. "
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    #4Agent Ransack

    Agent Ransack

    Agent Ransack is a freeware Gui based, multithreaded search tool published by Mythicsoft. Available for free Agent Ransack is the lite version of File Locator file searching solution.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Benito Estrada
    Written on July 24, 2018
    "Although Windows has built in file searching tools already, Agent Ransack is a much faster and more efficient search tool. By using it, I have cut my search times in half. It was simple to install and learn with an easy to use interface as well."
  2. 7

    #5BareGrep

    BareGrep

    BareGrep is a powerful tool with a visual interface. Allows to search a string or a regular expression in all files in a folder and its sub-folders.

    Software

    Windows

    $25- Free trial available

    Bobby Mitchell
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "BareGrep is a very advanced searching algorithm that has been invaluable for my research. I am a computer scientist who compiles large amounts of data and this tool has been nothing short of essential in my research.!"
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    #6Listary

    Listary

    Listary is a search utility for Windows that lets you quickly find your files and launch applications.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Edith Guzmán
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "If you have a problem with Windows' current file management system then you're free to try Listary. I actually think that the built in Windows file management is pretty robust enough and actually is the best in the market currently. If you don't agree, you may be used to a more tighter and a more restricted file manager like how Apple does it with their macOS. "
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    #7SearchMyFiles

    SearchMyFiles

    SearchMyFiles allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Daniel Ramos
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I have a ton of files on my computer. I use them for work. I needed something to be able to sort and search them. With SearchMyFiles I got just that. A quick program easily indexes everything I could possibly need."
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    #8AnyTXT Searcher

    AnyTXT Searcher

    AnyTXT Searcher is a desktop search engine which supports various formats such as plain text format, Microsoft Outlook (eml), Microsoft Excel (xls, xlsx), PDF, and more. This local data desktop search tool is designed with quick search feature.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Ge Ye
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "I am a document worker and I have to deal with a lot of documents every day. I have been looking for a free and easy to use local document full-text search tool. I have been searching I tried many free tools, but didn't find any useful ones, some of them need to pay.Recently, I found a tool on SourceForge.net. There is a file search tool named Everything, Anytxt Searcher just likes Everything, simple, convenient and practical. Some one said they are brothers, Everything for file search, and Anytxt for content search.I share this good free tool with more people. Thank you."

Summary

Best What are the best Windows tools for searching files and documents
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Copernic Desktop SearchSoftware 18 Paid
2Everything Search ToolSoftware 14 Free
3Wise JetSearchSoftware 10 Free
4Agent RansackSoftware 7 Free
5BareGrepSoftware 7 Paid
6ListarySoftware 3 Free
7SearchMyFilesSoftware 1 Free
8AnyTXT SearcherSoftware 0 Free
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