Seriously, Don’t Use Windows Search… (Part 1)
Surprisingly, searching for content on your computer generally is a pain to do. Many of us still rely on remembering where files are stored (in folders) or the various software tools “recent” files list (i.e, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
Windows Search has always had a number of neat tips and tricks you could use, but it was never quite on par with the search features of OS X and Linux. And while Windows 10 did lessen the gap in a lot of ways, it’s still slow and imperfect.
If you find yourself constantly searching for files and folders throughout your system, you may be better off switching to one of these third-party tool instead. Windows Search is only good for basic and casual use. — 10 Best Free Search Tools for Windows 10 (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-best-free-search-tools-windows-10/)
“Search is only good for basic and casual use” — why does Microsoft let that go on? It’s beyond me.
It’s 2017 and it is easier to locate a file on the Internet (via any search engine) than it is a document from 2 months ago on the PC!
Options For Desktop Search Tools?
The following article is a great place to start:
Copernic Desktop Search
Mentioned in the article above and one that I have seen used over the years. It’s excellent.
X1 Desktop Search
Find Any Document or Email in Under a Second
X1 Search provides users the fastest, simplest way to find and work with the exact information they need and thought they’d never find again. By providing the fastest access to their documents and email, X1 Search unlocks the potential for people to leverage years of experience with just a few keystrokes, dramatically improve productivity, and function at their highest level. — https://www.x1.com/products/x1_search/
This tool is not mentioned in the 10 Tools List above, but it is my “must-have” search tool! I have been using X1 Search since 2003. (That is not a typo — 2003!)
Imagine, I have not had to think about where I store content, because it is instantly searchable and accessible — including my email in Gmail AND certain cloud storage services (seriously, that is true…)
Do a little homework, pick a tool and just Get. Started.
Once you do, you will be able to make a more informed decision about whether you want a more robust tool. The pricing on the full version of these tools is nominal for the payback it brings!
Are there any search tools you recommend? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
In Part 2 of this post, I will walk through a real-life example of X1 Search in my workflow.
It’s one thing to explain what it does, but a whole different deal to “FEEL” what it does.
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