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Instant File Name Search

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This simple and free utility improves upon Windows' built-in file-search functions by offering faster results, but it doesn't live up to all its promises. Upon launch, Instant File Name Search scans your computer for all files to facilitate lightning-quick searches. The rather bland-looking interface has few buttons and boxes, so most users will get oriented in no time. The program locates files and folders by a keyword or a filter, but it can't search within files for certain words or phrases. Instant File Name Search includes a feature called Power Search for quickly finding specific programs, but in our tests, clicking its icon simply closed the application. Also, although the software claims it can search for files over a LAN, we never managed to successfully do so. Still, since it doesn't cost a dime, we can recommend the program to those persons seeking an alternative way to track down files on their local PCs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8

Version 1.8 adds New command line parameters and removed inconvenient 'Exit' dialog.


Release May 13, 2009
Date Added May 13, 2009
Version 1.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 16,064
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Instant File Name Search instantly search for files by name or wildcard on your computer or local network. IFNS offers support for Boolean operators (and, or, not), database management (you can create several databases: my computer files, local network MP3 files, CD), hot keys, and a convenient, Explorer-like interface.

Version 1.8 adds New command line parameters and removed inconvenient 'Exit' dialog.