The search tool built into Windows shows how hard it is to satisfy everyone with one tool: either it's too simple or not simple enough. Ultra File Search is a freeware system search tool from Stegisoft. It can search your system, network, and disks, including CDs, DVDs, and flash drives. It doesn't use background indexing, but it does offer useful search configuration parameters, such as text, date and time, and attributes, and Simple and Wildcard search modes. It can export search results in a variety of formats, including texts, HTML, and XML.
Ultra File Search's small, tabbed interface is fairly typical of search utilities, with a search field, a search path with browser tool, check boxes for selecting various options, and a main list view for results with draggable, customizable column headings. The search tool is tabbed for Files and Folders, Containing Text, Date and Size, and Attributes, an interesting format that allows for excellent specificity in each category while keeping the overall view uncluttered. The program's options involved selecting an export folder and file type as well as enabling context menu integration via check boxes for Computer, Documents, Drives, and Folders, which required a reboot to complete but is well worth the effort. We initiated a variety of searches, specifying search paths via the drop-down directory and the browse function. As with most aftermarket search tools, Ultra File Search can search for and display results in a wide variety of configurations, such as searching hidden subfolders, appending results, excluding file types, case sensitivity, and the ability to search ranges of dates for when files were created, modified, and last accessed. The program also offers highly specific options; for example, under Attributes, we could specify some NTFS-only options, such as compressed, encrypted, and other types of file attributes.
Ultra File Search returned quick, accurate hits for highly targeted searches. If you're looking for a free search tool to use instead of the built-in Windows utility, you could do worse than to give it a try.
Ultra File Search is a Search Utility which is able to quickly find Files, Folders and Text on your Local, Network, DVD, CD-ROM, USB Hard or Flash Drives. UltraFileSearch allows you to specify several File Names and multiple Drives and/or Folders at the same time; it is able to sort out Files and Folders according to their properties (e.g. Modified Date) and find Files which contain one or more specific words or sentences. The search results can be put in order by column (upward, downward or neither of them). The results window supports Windows® Explorer functionality (e.g. icons, context menus). Specific actions can be carried out on the results (e.g. Open Containing Folder), moreover they can be exported in various Formats (Plain TXT, Tabbed TXT, CSV, HTML, XML). This Utility does not use background Indexing, does not waste system resources and does not use extra space on the Disk.
Main Features: User friendly and intuitive interface. This Utility does not use background indexing. Search Files or Files and Folders or only Folders. Full support to Unicode characters and Long Path names. Allows you to enter more File Name Masks and Search Paths. Search of files which contain one or more words or sentences. Filter for Files Newer than or Older than or within a specific Date range. Filter for Files Larger than or Smaller than or within a specific Size range. Search based on the Files Attributes of Files and Match Type selected (Any, All, Only). The results can be put in order by column: upward, downward or restore the initial. The results window supports Windows Explorer functionality (e.g. icons, context menus). Specific actions can be carried out on the results (e.g. Open Folder, Open Containing Folder). The Results can be exported in various File Formats (Plain TXT, Tabbed TXT, CSV, HTML, XML). Shows Search statistics as found Files and Folders, Search Time, controlled Objects, Speed.
What's new in this version:
Version 18.104.22.16897 features built-in the Text Filters for the following formats: DOC, XLS, DOCX, XLSX, XLSM, XLTX, XLTM, XLSB.