Classic search tool with more features.
XSearch is a search tool with more features than Windows Search. It works in classic way: no indexing service keeps scanning your files continuously in background.
It supports to search for files by file name, size, date time and words. Unlike Windows Search, you can specify the exact size (Byte, KB, MB or GB), date and/or time, and different date time (modified, created, last visited).
You can use word or file name options such as "any", "all", "exact phrase", "without" etc., and case sensitive, hexadecimal value, utf-8 / unicode.
The HexView tool included in XSearch allows you to view files in hexadecimal, it acts like a read-only editor, and supports large files.
Why do you need XSearch when there is already Windows Search, Google Desktop Search and so on?
Today, those modern search tools prefer to use indexing services, to keep scanning your files continuously in background. It's actually a good idea, searches will be more than faster. But some of us just don't like the background operations. We want to use a search tool to find files only when we need to, as the old Windows Search did in Windows 98/2000.
XSearch is a classic search tool without the need of indexing service. In addition, it can be used directly without installing or configuring.
From time to time, we may need additional options to perform more complex searches, more than the Windows Search can provide, such as finding files in exact size, date time, or using advanced filters in file names, and so on.
XSearch provides many useful options that you will need, but the Windows Search doesn't provide.
When searching for words in files, or searching by file names, XSearch supports to specify multiple words. Those words can be separated by spaces, and you can use one of the following options to tell XSearch how to use them:
You can also use wildcard characters in file name parts, such as *.txt, myfile.* or a?c.exe.
You can choose whether or not to do case sensitive searches for file names and/or words.
XSearch supports to search words in hexadecimal, and there can be multiple hexadecimal values, e.g., "F8D6 7E6C35".
When searching for words in files, XSearch can also search the words in Unicode and UTF8. You enable this option, XSearch will try to search for the words in ANSI, Unicode, and UTF8.
Windows Search only allows you to search files "larger than" or "less than" the specified size. Even if you choose "Specify Size" you still can not specify an exact size for searching.
XSearch allows you to specify the size in bytes, KB, MB or GB. It provides two size areas, you can combine those two sizes with the following logical options:
With those options, you can specify a single size, or a range of sizes like:
Windows Search will only let you specify the date, you can not search files by time only. XSearch allows you to specify only the date, or time, or both date and time.
When searching for files by date time, you can choose the created, modified, or last visited date time. So, it's possible to find files:
Like file size options, XSearch also provides two date time areas. So you can use date time options to specify a range of date time:
With these advanced options, XSearch can perform special tasks, e.g., get all read-only files, or get all files that are not read-only.
By default, XSearch will show all the found files and folders, just as the Windows Search does. If you disabled the option Include folders in result, then it won't show folders in result.
XSearch provides a HexView tool, which can be used to view any file in hexadecimal. It acts like a read-only editor, supports to search in the opened file, and to copy all or any of the contents to clipboard.
With its buffering technology, you can open huge files (GB level for example) in seconds.
Like the main program, HexView also supports to search words in ANSI, UTF8, Unicode or hexadecimal.
You will find many more features when using XSearch, such as drag and drop, the autocomplete feature, etc. XSearch works like a Windows Explorer window. You can drag found files to the desktop, programs, or any other location. You can delete, copy, cut or rename the found files, copy or move selected files to a folder.
Please feel free to download the software and use it, it is free for non-commercial use.
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