Everything

by Barry Dysert
(last updated January 16, 2017)

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Everything is a must-have utility in my toolbox. Its goal is simple: instantly find any file on your hard drive. When it's first installed, Everything takes a few minutes to build an index of all your files. It then runs in the background to make sure its index is always up to date.

Now say that you have a lot of files scattered among several different directories. You may not be sure where a particular file is, but Everything can find it. Just launch it and begin typing the name of the file. Everything searches as you type, so in just a second or two your file will appear in its results window. You can then open it, copy it, delete it, etc. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Searching for a file with Everything.

Another valuable use of this utility is if you know where a file is located, but you just don't want to take the time to launch Explorer and navigate to it. As before, simply launch Everything, start typing the file's name, and in no time your file will appear in the results window so that you can use it.

I use Everything every day and many times throughout the day. It's such a great timesaver I would be lost without it.

Everything is a free download with versions available for lots of different Windows versions. You can find it here:

http://www.voidtools.com/

 This tip (12938) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2017-01-19 18:05:53

Gordon Schochet

It is every bit as wonderful and useful as Barry says: once you have it, you cannot work without it and will wonder how you ever did. Fortunately, it's generally intuitive, because the help items seem to be pitched at a relatively high level.


2017-01-18 02:50:27

Barry

It is not case sensitive.


2017-01-18 02:42:20

Jim jones

Is it case sensitive?


2017-01-16 08:41:06

Mark

Great tip, however, my company says that Australia is a forbidden country, and I can't get it.


2017-01-16 06:32:51

Barry

Everything indexes every file on your drive, so if you know part of the file's name you can find it instantly. Windows Search does not index every file, so using it to find a file is often an exercise in futility. You can also use regular expressions with Everything, which you cannot do with Windows Search.

I encourage you to give Everything a try. It doesn't take up that much disk space, and once you see how fast it is you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.


2017-01-16 06:26:16

Torgrim

What is the difference between Everything and the regular Windows search?


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