19 Best Free Desktop File Search Software

Here are 19 best free desktop file search software. These desktop file search software let you find any type of file easily. All these desktop file search software are completely free and can be downloaded to Windows PC. These desktop file search software offer various features, like: search for files or folders based upon keyword on your system, create/update index for performing search, search for common file formats including MS Office, Open Office, PDF, HTML, TXT, CHM etc., can use wildcard, logical expressions etc., and more. So, go through this list of free desktop file search software and see which ones you like the most.

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Locate32



Locate32 is a free desktop file search utility for Windows. It lets you find files or folders based upon the name you specify. It uses database to store all the files information and directory structure of your hard disk. First update the database from file menu and then search for your files or folders. It searches very fast. You can use other Windows context commands on files or folders on search results.

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Copernic Desktop Search Lite



Copernic Desktop Search Lite is a free desktop search tool. It lets you search and preview files. To use this free version you have to first update its index from tools menu (entire or for particular file types) then search. You can refine your search by clicking on any icon on the toolbar. You can search for emails also. You can export search results to various document formats. It has a simple and easy to use user interface.

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Hulbee Desktop



Hulbee Desktop Standard is a free desktop search tool. It lets you search for files based upon their contents for any particular keyword. You can sort your search results based upon relevance, name, date, size, extension, or language. It also shows intelligent suggestion from your search results. It is easy to use software and is user friendly.

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Exalead one:desktop



Exalead one:desktop is a free and easy to use desktop search engine. It lets you find files on the basis of there contents. It opens the search window within your default web browser. It first indexes your PC drives to perform your search. You can change your preferences any time. It supports various common file formats for searching.

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Docfetcher




DocFetcher is a free and open source desktop search software. It lets you search the contents of the documents for any particular keyword you specify on your computer. You can sort and filter search results. It supports various document formats including MS Office, Open Office docs, PDF, TXT, HTML, CHM, SVG etc. It creates index of your hard disk or folder you specify before searching.

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Everything



Everything is small and easy to use free search engine for your desktop. It searches very fast for any file or folder on your computer. It supports search parameters including Boolean operators. It can be used as a replacement of Windows default search engine. It indexes at very high speed and gives you the search results within seconds.

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Insight Desktop Search




Insight Desktop Search is a free searching tool for Windows. It lets you find files or folders on your PC instantly. It also searches your Outlook emails for particular emails and attachments. It first indexes your hard disk and then lets you search for any particular keyword. It shows the results category wise, so you can easily navigate them.

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FileSeek



FileSeek is a free file searching utility. It lets you search for files and folders in your system. It searches very fast. You can browse for paths to search for any particular file. You can search for files based upon date and file size filters. You can use wildcard expressions also for advance search. It supports various languages for the program interface.

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UltraSearch



UltraSearch is a free file searching utility for NTFS drives. It searches very fast and gives you the results in seconds. It searches Master File Table (MFT) directly of NTFs drives. You can search for file name or use any wildcard in your searches. You can search for folders also by including them in search results from the search menu. You can export search results as TXT, CSV, or in Excel files.

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FileLocator Lite



FileLocator Lite is a free file search utility. It lets you do simple file search or with various parameters like containing text, by size, modification time etc. It shows the results immediately. You can export the search results to TXT or CSV format. You can save the file search criteria or open the saved criteria also. You can print the search results also by selecting them.

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LookDisk



LookDisk is a free file searching tool for Windows. It lets you search for any particular file in your drive. It can search for files in various types of archives like ZIP, RAR, ARJ, EXE, CAB etc. You can search for files using wildcards too. It has other functions also like find duplicate files based upon name or contents and search text etc.

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Instant File Find Free



Instant File Find Free is a free desktop search engine. It lets you search for files instantly on your computer. It caches files list automatically and if any file change occurs, it will be updated automatically. You can save or load the DB file (cache file) also. It searches instantly while you are typing. You can view the search results based upon various predefined criteria. It also has predefined file types to make search easier.

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FileSearchy



FileSearchy is a free and easy to use file search tool for Windows. It lets you quickly search for files and folders based upon the keyword you type. You can use other options also like directory to search for, in contents, date of modification, size etc. It also lets you open the results in tabs.

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Wise JetSearch



Wise JetSearch is a free Windows search utility. It lets you search for files or folders based upon the specified keyword. It searches very fast and easily. It can search on removable drives also. It has a predefined list of file type search like images, audios, videos, documents, archive, and email. It supports various languages. It has a simple and easy to use user friendly interface.

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Listary



Listary is a free file search tool for Windows. It lets you find files on your PC easily. It searches for files or folders as you type. You can use its hotkey to activate it and can start typing your keyword and it will show you the results instantly. You can open any file or folder from search results easily.

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SearchMyFiles



SearchMyFiles is a free, small, and easy to use file search engine for Windows. It lets you find files based on your keyword. You can use wildcard also to search files. You can search for files containing the text you specify. You can also search for files based upon size, time, and attributes criteria. You can save the search result list into TXT, CSV, HTML, or XML file or can copy the list to the clipboard.

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Super Finder XT



Super Finder XT is a free file search tool for Windows. It lets you find files and folders in any particular drive or location. You can use it as a replacement of Windows default search engine. It has simple and advanced mode search facility. You can use wildcard patterns in your search queries. You can easily customize its interface. It is simple and easy to use software.

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TheSearchMan



TheSearchMan is a free file searching tool. It lets you search for files in your hard disk. It searches very fast. You can search within results also. It also has an index based search and you can create a new index before using it. You can use wildcards in your search queries. It is very small in size and is easy to use.

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Effective File Search



Effective File Search is a free file search tool. It lets you find any file including popular file formats like MS Office, RTF, PDF, HTML, TXT and binary files. You can apply search filters like date, size, text or hexadecimal codes etc. You can use logical expressions for searching like OR, AND, AND NOT. You can preview any file from the search result. You can also use various actions like cut, copy, move, rename, compare etc. with the search results.

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  • StefanS

    Hey guys, I think you forget a tool. It’s called Lookeen. It is an Outlook tool but can be used as a Windows Search solution as well. Unfortunately it is a bit expensive. But there I found a test demo. You should try it.

  • SenseWillPrevail

    Good list. Small typo: “Exalead one:desktop is a free and easy to use desktop search engine. It lets you find files on the basis of ** there ** contents.”

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