The Fastest Windows Desktop Search

June 11, 2013

The MakeUseOf article “What Are the Fastest Tools for Windows Desktop Search?” gives readers a glimpse of several different desktop search tools and tries to determine whether Windows desktop search really is faster or if it comes up short when compared to other third party tools. Windows search is easy to use. Open up any explorer window or folder and you will find a search bar at the top right corner of the page. Searches can also be initiated from the Start Menu. The average search time for a Windows search was 3m 30s for un-indexed search and on average <1s fir un-indexed search. Also the Windows search indexing keeps a continual index of all files and folders which can improve overall search speeds.

The next program featured is the search tool Everything. The simplistic search interface provides an empty window that has a search bar across the top and that delivers results below as you type. This simple yet effective search tool produces instantaneous real-time results. It also works by indexing to produce even faster results. Listary was the third search tool reviewed and unlike the previous two it does not have a separate search interface. You simply start typing and it can determine whether you want to search or not. The average search time was <1s for a computer-wide search. Though all three are great tools the author has a clear winner.

“My winner? I prefer Everything. Listary offers the same “find as you type” instantaneous search results but the interface can sometimes be intrusive, especially when you accidentally bring it up. I like how Everything is both fast and compact and only shows up when I open it myself.”

Both third party tools seem worth a try but neither made the June 2013 Publisher Information today article about desktop search which makes one wonder what other potential winners are out there just waiting to be discovered.

April Holmes, June 11, 2013

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