What are the best desktop search programs for Windows?

  • #1
    • JH
    • CN
    Written on April 21, 2017

    Jordan Howell

    "The longer I own my PC, the more files I acquire. The built in search is no longer enough. This program helped me track down some files I could no longer find. Very useful overall." Read more

    Comments about "Copernic Desktop Search" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    JH
    Written on April 21, 2017
    Jordan Howell
    "The longer I own my PC, the more files I acquire. The built in search is no longer enough. This program helped me track down some files I could no longer find. Very useful overall."
    CN
    Written on June 14, 2017
    Carl Newman
    "I used this to simplify my file searches on my pc. It can better locate files you need and quickly locate them when compared to the standard Windows search utility. It definitely found files that were missed on previous attempts without the service."
  • #2
    • AO
    Written on July 2, 2017

    Austin Ortiz

    "the software is very efficient and usefull" Read more

    Comments about "Lookeen" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    AO
    Written on July 2, 2017
    Austin Ortiz
    "the software is very efficient and usefull"
  • #3
    • GG
    • BH
    Written on April 16, 2017

    George Grant

    "I am the systems administrator for a national law firm. One of the most frequent request I would get from users would be the ability to search for specific keywords in a document from are vast file library. I tried several products that were not getting the job done. They would..." Read more

    Comments about "Agent Ransack" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    GG
    Written on April 16, 2017
    George Grant
    "I am the systems administrator for a national law firm. One of the most frequent request I would get from users would be the ability to search for specific keywords in a document from are vast file library. I tried several products that were not getting the job done. They would constantly miss files and the interfaces were not user friendly enough for non-technical people. I finally came across Agent Ransack and it has been a breath of fresh air. My users can just jump right into it and have almost no trouble using its search features. It is miles ahead of other search programs when it comes to completely searching all the files queried. I would highly recommend this program to other systems admins looking for a great Windows search program."
    BH
    Written on March 29, 2017
    Brandon Holmes
    "This program was not what I was looking for as I believe it overcomplicated the process. I would prefer something with a simpler and more modern interface."
  • #4
    Voidtools Everything
    Software

    Windows

    Free - Donation available

    • WC
    • SM
    Written on March 31, 2017

    Wayne Clark

    "This seems like a good, lightweight solution with a small install footprint. Allows the user to perform the functions they need without a lot of extra bloat." Read more

    Comments about "Voidtools Everything" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    WC
    Written on March 31, 2017
    Wayne Clark
    "This seems like a good, lightweight solution with a small install footprint. Allows the user to perform the functions they need without a lot of extra bloat."
    SM
    Written on March 8, 2017
    Sean Mason
    "This product makes searching my computer easier than ever. Its much more efficient and organized than the default search on my computer."
  • #5
    Listary
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    • DR
    • SA
    Written on May 13, 2017

    Dennis Ray

    "Listary works in context menus and file explorer windows, and is more of a file management resource than solely search. It is probably a more powerful tool that does other things, ones you might not need if all you needed was search." Read more

    Comments about "Listary" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    DR
    Written on May 13, 2017
    Dennis Ray
    "Listary works in context menus and file explorer windows, and is more of a file management resource than solely search. It is probably a more powerful tool that does other things, ones you might not need if all you needed was search."
    SA
    Written on April 6, 2017
    Scott Andrews
    "If you do a lot of file searches, then you know that the windows files explorer just doesn't cut it. Listary fills the holes in explorer with search, compression and application launching that will boost your productivity instantly. It also integrates with existing tools like file commander and Xplorer2."
  • #6
    Exselo Desktop
    Software

    Windows , Mac

    Free - $1.95 user/month

    • DG
    • PF
    • BD
    Written on June 25, 2017

    Dorothy Gibson

    "Exselo eases the workload in our office. Now we can easily collaborate on projects with this desktop search product because it will search everyone's system for the information we need. Our work is safe and secure and projects don't hit stumbling blocks because we have to wait..." Read more

    Comments about "Exselo Desktop" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    DG
    Written on June 25, 2017
    Dorothy Gibson
    "Exselo eases the workload in our office. Now we can easily collaborate on projects with this desktop search product because it will search everyone's system for the information we need. Our work is safe and secure and projects don't hit stumbling blocks because we have to wait for information from someone else. This can be a life saver."
    PF
    Written on June 29, 2017
    Patricia Ford
    "Exselo Desktop is an excellent peer-to-peer resource that lets coworkers collaborate and share work instantly. You and your peers can search and quickly locate the files that you are looking for and get your project going in no time!"
    BD
    Written on August 6, 2017
    Bryan Delgado
    "This product seems designed for the sole purpose of searching one's computer. It might be overkill, but it does provide a good solution."
  • #7
    • BD
    • JW
    Written on May 4, 2017

    Bryan Davidson

    "Searches are performed from a database of indexed files and folders instead of directly from the hard-drive, making them faster. Word search does not perform well. I found the database file size for a 300 GB hard disk to be around 30 MB." Read more

    Comments about "Locate32 " as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    BD
    Written on May 4, 2017
    Bryan Davidson
    "Searches are performed from a database of indexed files and folders instead of directly from the hard-drive, making them faster. Word search does not perform well. I found the database file size for a 300 GB hard disk to be around 30 MB."
    JW
    Written on January 14, 2017
    James Wong
    "There has got to be a better way to search old binary files than Locate32. The website is hard to manage and it is little better than the default programs found on the computer anyway. This is a complete waste of your time."
  • #8
    • RL
    • HF
    Written on January 19, 2017

    Randy Lewis

    "This is an excellent way to look for anything on your computer. It will help everybody, and anybody with something they may need to find." Read more

    Comments about "SearchMyFiles" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    RL
    Written on January 19, 2017
    Randy Lewis
    "This is an excellent way to look for anything on your computer. It will help everybody, and anybody with something they may need to find."
    HF
    Written on February 24, 2017
    Hannah Fernandez
    "I'm having a hard time deciding if this is a trustworthy solution. I just can't find good info on this solution and the website looks old and not very professionally designed. It's setting off redflags. This software was also looks to have a clunky UI."
  • #9
    • EC
    • ZW
    Written on May 6, 2017

    Ethan Chavez

    "I liked the guide on how to use it which makes it simple and easy to use, the screenshots helps a lot. Can be use on different windows version is plus. i liked it" Read more

    Comments about "Registry Finder" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    EC
    Written on May 6, 2017
    Ethan Chavez
    "I liked the guide on how to use it which makes it simple and easy to use, the screenshots helps a lot. Can be use on different windows version is plus. i liked it"
    ZW
    Written on February 4, 2017
    Zachary Wood
    "I was looking for a desktop search programs for Windows that is better than the stock search function. I gave Registry Finder a shot but I don't think it's what I'm looking for. Anyone have a better suggestion?"
  • #10
    • PG
    • CT
    Written on March 30, 2017

    Paul Guerrero

    "This is a very niche tool for searching for duplicate files. The thing that makes this useful is that it will search for files even they they have different names." Read more

    Comments about "Duplicate & Same Files Searcher" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    PG
    Written on March 30, 2017
    Paul Guerrero
    "This is a very niche tool for searching for duplicate files. The thing that makes this useful is that it will search for files even they they have different names."
    CT
    Written on January 24, 2017
    Charles Turner
    "This is likely not the best but it is a file search program."
  • #11
    • JH
    • MM
    Written on May 29, 2017

    Jennifer Hamilton

    "This worked well. I can literally find anything on my Windows directory within seconds simply by typing in a keyword. No longer do I have to search through endless files and folders to find the document or program I am looking for." Read more

    Comments about "AstroGrep" as one of the best Desktop search programs for windows

    JH
    Written on May 29, 2017
    Jennifer Hamilton
    "This worked well. I can literally find anything on my Windows directory within seconds simply by typing in a keyword. No longer do I have to search through endless files and folders to find the document or program I am looking for."
    MM
    Written on May 14, 2017
    Matthew Moreno
    "AstroGrep is the best search program ever! It lets me search for files, but even better, it lets me search inside files which other search programs won't let me do which makes it quicker and easier to use."

Summary

Best desktop search programs for Windows
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Copernic Desktop Search Software 250 Free
2 Lookeen Software 210 Free
3 Agent Ransack Software 178 Free
4 Voidtools Everything Software 155 Free
5 Listary Software 146 Free
6 Exselo Desktop Software 116 Free
7 Locate32 Software 103 Free
8 SearchMyFiles Software 74 Free
9 Registry Finder Software 53 Free
10 Duplicate & Same Files Searcher Software 38 Free