I can’t imagine using Windows without everything in it

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There are very few apps that I can’t imagine life without, but at the top of that shortlist is EVERYTHING. I’ve used it for over a decade, and it’s an integral part of my Windows experience.

What is it all about?

Everything is a free Windows file search application created by programmer David Carpenter in 2008. We first shared it all with our readers shortly thereafter, and some of us, really like you, have been using it ever since.

The most important thing in everything is speed – which is why we give it a shout whenever we talk about faster Windows search.

If you’ve ever used Windows file search or even some third-party file search tools, the most memorable thing about this experience is how long it takes

Even after all these years, searching for Windows files is painful slow. Really, it’s torture. In the age of inexpensive SSDs with instant boot and instant software loading, waiting thirty seconds for Windows to search through the search process seems like torture. It doesn’t matter if you’re still using Windows 7 or have upgraded to Windows 11, Windows Search has never been so fast.

Everything avoids the shortcomings of Windows file search by doing something that was new when the app was first released and stays fresh: it clicks directly into the file table at the file system level to search at lightning speed.

What is the speed? It’s so fast that if you create a new file, as soon as you open the find everything box after a moment, the file is immediately in the index. It is unlikely that you will be able to create the file and access the search box quickly enough to overcome the almost instant addition of the entry to the Everything Index.

The only downside to the whole thing is that it works off of the file table and file names and it doesn’t index the contents of the files. If you need a tool that digs deep into documents and helps you find key phrases, this isn’t it. But if you are just trying to find exactly where to put it 2022 Johnson Farms Drilling Proposal Rev.A.pdf File or your tax returns from five years ago, it’s almost magical in its speed and efficiency.

Here’s why I find everything indispensable

The title of this piece is “I Can’t Imagine Using Windows Without Everything App”, and I say that without a bit of exaggeration. I’ve used everything every day since it came out and across multiple versions of Windows – Windows XP all the way to Windows 11 – multiple PC upgrades, and on every Windows machine I own.

It is a perfect tool for someone like me. I have a large number of files, across a large number of folders and drives. But as long as I reasonably recall the files and folders as soon as they come in, it doesn’t matter where they end up. It could be on drive C, drive G, or even buried in a network drive hosted in the basement (you can enable network drive search in everything’s settings).

No matter where the files are, I can find them if I remember even a small part of the folder or file name. Old taxes, work forms, Photoshop projects, comic books I kept from five years ago, you name it. If I wanted to, I could bring it to the surface with some keywords.

For example, Nintendo recently sent a cease and desist letter to the Internet Archives to pull their massive archive of old Nintendo Power issues. Naturally, as an archive aficionado, this made me say, “Didn’t I scan the Nintendo Power away somewhere?” I sure did. You may have forgotten where they were, but everything didn’t.

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He. She immediately Powered through the 3,558,139 files and folders on my computer and attached drives to find exactly what I wanted when I wanted it.

Now you may not have 3.5 million files. And you may not have random old files from a decade ago that you want to find. But even for files from the last month, it’s an incredible time saver. If you can remember anything about the file—part of the name, file extension, or root directory that might be buried deep—you can dig it up with a few keystrokes.

Even on my laptops, where the files are definitely not stacked ten terabytes deep as they are on my mainframe computers, I still install everything right away. I can’t live without this instant file search, and I certainly don’t want to be stuck waiting for Windows to search through files at a folder-per-minute rate.

In fact, after writing this true love letter to the app, I’m going to donate to the project, and I hope you download the app and maybe unlock some bucks too.

And hey, if you’re on the fence…it’s free. Download it. Try it. Feel the incredible excitement of searching, well, everythingon your computer right away.


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