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Edit: how does voidtools compare with google desktop, and with windows 7 native spotlight search.
I want to have a convenient solution on windows where I can search through all my offline documents and files with relevant search as good as google search, or with quality comparable to it, is this possible?`

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Care to mention the operating system? Any more specific requirements? Please edit your question appropriately. – slhck Jun 24 '11 at 22:13
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Google Desktop Search

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I like Everything.


There are several times where I typed the same search into both Windows 7's native spotlight search and Everything; Windows 7 returned no results while Everything found what I was looking for.

My experience with Google Desktop is that it uses far too many resources. Everything is very light on resources. It does not even have to be installed - you can use it portably from a thumb drive.

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The only disadvantage is it does not search FAT/FAT32 partitions. It is very fast on NTFS partitions. – Kevin Jun 24 '11 at 22:55
It uses boolean operators, wildcards, and regex. See the "Searching" section on – Kevin Jun 25 '11 at 4:59
For Example if I want to find common document types on drive F: I could type f:\ .doc*|.ppt*|*.xls*|*.pdf|*.txt and instantly see all of them on my F: drive. – Kevin Jun 25 '11 at 5:04
It is just files: Not email or web history. It uses very little resources. You can right click on any (or many) result and get the same menu you would get in explorer. – Kevin Jun 25 '11 at 5:20
I'm pretty sure the OP wants to search 'inside' files, not just the filenames. – DM8 Jun 25 '11 at 19:21

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