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How to use SwiftSearch in Windows

Notice when you search for a file in Windows Explorer it takes ages? Apparently search indexing your PC can be a huge burden on system resources. Therefore, we test out a light weight program called SwiftSearch that does not need to index Windows to perform a search.

Download SwiftSearch from Sourceforge. When the file has downloaded, run the program. You are prompted to allow the program to make changes to your computer. Select ‘Yes’ to continue.

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In SwiftSearch, select the ‘All Drives’ drop down list and pick a drive. In our case we select an external drive (G:\).

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We want to find all files with the name of ‘Music’ in this particular drive. So we enter the term in the search box. Click ‘Search’.

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The folders and files associated with the name ‘Music’ are listed. to check out a folder or file, simply double click it. For our example, we choose to check out the ‘MSMusic’ folder.

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Window Explorer opens to the area where the Folder is located.

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For further information on how to make best use of search terms in SwiftSearch, navigate to Help – Regular Expressions.

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All in all, an easy to use and fast running application. It only took about 10 seconds to find the files we were searching for!

 

 

 

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