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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 19, 2012

Searching is one area where Windows leaves room for improvement; indexing is another. KoshyJohn's NeoSearch can help with that. Its unique algorithms index (and re-index) your system very quickly, and it searches much more quickly than you can type, returning results immediately. It supports wildcards and indexes and searches network shares as well as your regular and removable drives, as you specify. As with any search tool worth its bytes, it arranges and sorts results in various ways. Its Super Navigation feature quickly accesses found items at the source.

The first time we opened NeoSearch, the program's Read Me file also opened, but it's more of a quick start guide, actually. It explains NeoSearch's three basic functions: Indexing, Searching, and Super Navigation. With several indexing options, NeoSearch can include and exclude directories and file types to make your searches either faster or more specific. NeoSearch indexed our system very quickly, and we could re-index it at any time from the menu bar; a helpful option for people who like to store data on external drives. The actual search tool is a square dialog with rounded edges, a menu bar with Index, Options, and Help, and a search field. We started by typing in a variety of searches. NeoSearch started returning results right away. The first six entries are dynamic results, meaning NeoSearch starts searching as soon as you start typing and returns increasingly specific results as you type. Dynamic searching saves keystrokes since you'll often see what you want long before you've finished typing, and it has the added advantage of finding results that might have alternate (or incorrect) spelling or similar meanings. Results appeared in the program's main window; clicking an item opened it in Explorer or its default program. Options provide for Basic settings, as well as Include and Exclude lists and indexing and re-indexing options.

We've tried many search tools that do a better job than the built-in Windows tool, but NeoSearch does a better job than most of those, too. This fast, free search tool offers a definite improvement, and it's definitely worth a look.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

Version 3.0 has a refreshed interface and includes some bug fixes.

General

Release September 19, 2017
Date Added September 18, 2017
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

neoSearch has advanced algorithms which makes indexing a breeze--literally. Searching happens in the blink of an eye--technically, the program can run up to 25 distinct searches in a blink--if you could type that fast. Dynamic results (limited to the first six) that change as you type let you find what you want with as little keystrokes as possible. The full results can be re-sorted instantly by name, size, location and last modified time. Super-Navigation lets you quickly navigate to any file or folder on your system - wildcards are supported. Network Search Support--you can now index shared folders from networks you are connected to. The hotkey combination 'Win+N' quickly launches neoSearch.