Everything

Everything

What is "Everything"?

"Everything" is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name "Everything").
You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

How long will it take to index my files?

"Everything" only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database.
A fresh install of Windows 8 (about 70,000 files) will take about 1 second to index.
1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.

Does Everything search file contents?

No, "Everything" does not search file contents, only file and folder names.

Does "Everything" hog my system resources?

No, "Everything" uses very little system resources.
A fresh install of Windows 8 (about 70,000 files) will use about 6 MB of ram and less than 3 MB of disk space.
1,000,000 files will use about 50 MB of ram and 10 MB of disk space.

Does "Everything" monitor file system changes?

Yes, "Everything" does monitor file system changes.
Your search windows will reflect changes made to the file system.

Is "Everything" free?

Yes, "Everything" is Freeware.
Please consider donating.

Does "Everything" contain any malware, spyware or adware?

No, "Everything" does not contain any malware, spyware or adware.

Does "Everything" miss changes made to the file system if it is not running?

No, "Everything" can be closed and restarted without missing changes made to the file system (even across system restarts).
"Everything" updates the database when it is started.

What are the system requirements for "Everything"?

"Everything" will run on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Indexing NTFS volumes requires the Everything service or running as administrator.

How do I convert a volume to NTFS?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881

Can "Everything" index a mapped network drive?

Yes, see Folder indexing for more information.

How do I install Everything?

Please see A basic guide to installing "Everything".

How do I use Everything?

Please see A basic guide to using "Everything".

Searching

How do I search for a file or folder?

Type the partial file or folder name into the search edit, the results will appear instantly.

How do I use boolean operators?

AND is the default boolean operator.
For example, here is how to search for abc and 123: abc 123

To search for either of two search terms, add a | between the terms.
For example, here is how to search for .jpg or .bmp: .jpg | .bmp

To exclude something from the search include a ! at the front of the term.
For example, here is how to search for everything except abc: !abc

How do I use wildcards?

Using a * in your search will match any number of any type of character.
For example, here is how to search for files and folders that start with e and end with g: e*g
Using a ? in your search will match one character.
For example, here is how to search for files that have a 2 letter file extension: *.??

How do I use regex?

|A vertical bar separates alternatives. For example, gray|grey can match "gray" or "grey".
()Parentheses are used to define the scope and precedence of the operators (among other uses). For example, gray|grey and gr(a|e)y are equivalent patterns which both describe the set of "gray" and "grey".
?The question mark indicates there is zero or one of the preceding element. For example, colou?r matches both "color" and "colour".
*The asterisk indicates there are zero or more of the preceding element. For example, ab*c matches "ac", "abc", "abbc", "abbbc", and so on.
+The plus sign indicates that there is one or more of the preceding element. For example, ab+c matches "abc", "abbc", "abbbc", and so on, but not "ac".
.Matches any single character except newlines (exactly which characters are considered newlines is flavor, character encoding, and platform specific, but it is safe to assume that the line feed character is included). Within POSIX bracket expressions, the dot character matches a literal dot. For example, a.c matches "abc", etc., but [a.c] matches only "a", ".", or "c".
[ ]A bracket expression. Matches a single character that is contained within the brackets. For example, [abc] matches "a", "b", or "c". [a-z] specifies a range which matches any lowercase letter from "a" to "z". These forms can be mixed: [abcx-z] matches "a", "b", "c", "x", "y", and "z", as does [a-cx-z]
[^ ]Matches a single character that is not contained within the brackets. For example, [^abc] matches any character other than "a", "b", or "c". [^a-z] matches any single character that is not a lowercase letter from "a" to "z". As above, literal characters and ranges can be mixed.
^Matches the starting position within the string. In line-based tools, it matches the starting position of any line.
$Matches the ending position of the string or the position just before a string-ending newline. In line-based tools, it matches the ending position of any line.
{m,n}Matches the preceding element at least m and not more than n times. For example, a{3,5} matches only "aaa", "aaaa", and "aaaaa". This is not found in a few, older instances of regular expressions.

How do I include spaces in my search?

To include spaces in your search enclose your search in double quotes.
For example, here is how to search for foo<space>bar: "foo bar"

How do I search for a file type?

To search for a file type, type the file extension into the search edit,
ie to search for the mp3 file type, type *.mp3 into the search edit.
To search for more than one type of file type use a | to separate file types,
ie *.bmp|*.jpg will search for files with the extension bmp or jpg.

How do I search for files and folders in a specific location?

To search for files and folders in a specific location include a \ in your search string.
For example, here is how to search for all your mp3s in a downloads folder: downloads\ .mp3
You could alternately enable Match Path in the Search menu and include the location in your search string.
For example, here is how to search for all your avis in a downloads folder with Match Path enabled: downloads .avi

Advanced searching

See Searching Everything for more information.

Troubleshooting

The result list is empty or contains only drives



Make sure the "Everything" service is running or "Everything" is running as administrator.


To install the "Everything" service:
1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. Click the General tab.
3. Check Everything Service:
9. Click OK.


To run Everything as administrator:
1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. Click the General tab.
3. Check Run as administrator:
9. Click OK.


Make sure you have atleast one local NTFS volume.
See How do I convert a volume to NTFS.


To manually enable all local NTFS volumes for indexing:
1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. Click the Volumes tab.
3. For each volume in the Local NTFS volumes list:
4. Check Check Media.
5. Check Enable USN Journal logging.
6. Check Include in database.
7. Check Monitor changes.
8. Repeat for each volume.
9. Click OK.

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