Everything is a desktop search program for the Windows operating system that is both lightweight and lightning fast at the same time.
The program indexes contents of physical drives by default to make them available during searches. Options are provided to include removable drives, for instance Flash Drives or removable hard drives.
The indexing itself is quick and should not take longer than one or two minutes even for larger drives.
Everything displays results as you type and matches the phrase you have entered to file names and file paths.
If you enter mp3 for instance, all mp3 files on the system are listed in the results but also all folders and file names that contain mp3 such as AIMP3.
Filters are provided to display only certain types of results. Select Search and then a filter to only display documents, media files or executable files in the results listing.
Options are available to add and edit these filters either directly or by using regular expressions. If you need an Excel spreadsheet filter for example, you would create a new filter for the search term .xls | .xlsx (the | means OR in this case). Filters that you create become available in the search menu automatically.
A full list of operators is provided on the Everything website.
Everything offers another option to filter results. It allows you to exclude certain files or folders to block them from appearing in search results.
This is done in the options under exclude. There you find default options to exclude hidden files and folders or system files and folders among other things.
Time related filters can be applied to searches directly using the rc: filter. The commands rc:today and rc:last10mins find only files that were changed on that day or in the last 10 minutes.
The program monitors all locations for changes and updates its index regularly to take those into account.
Everything supports overrides for the default monitoring setting as well. It is for instance possible to block a folder and all of its contents from being updated at all, or to update it more or less frequently.
The results screen displays name and path of matching files and folders but also sizes and last modification dates.
Extra information, such as creation dates, extension or attributes are added easily with a right-click on the header. A left-click on a column header sorts the results accordingly.
Bookmarks is another useful feature. If you search regularly for a certain term, you may want to consider adding it as a bookmark as you’d then be able to open it from the bookmarks menu or keyboard shortcut defined for the operation.
Keyboard shortcuts can be set for other activities as well. This includes shortcuts for result filters but also shortcuts for specific program features.
If you dive deeper into the options of the program you will encounter additional features that Everything supports. Next to remote searches, supported are HTTP, FTP and ETP locations, it supports file lists that you can load into the program to search them or command line searches for use in batch files or directly.