Find that file

runs on Windows
screenshot of FileSearchEX

You can't use things if you can't find them. Headed off to the hardware store to find that new gadget you've been reading about? That's great, if you can find it. Need to revise that report you wrote last week—or last year? Sure, it's on your computer, but who knows where it ended up. If you can't find it, you can't use it.

FileSearchEX is a search tool for Windows. Back in the day, it was easy to search for and find files on your Windows box. Now with Windows 7, things have gotten a whole lot more complicated. That's where FileSearchEX comes in. It brings an XP style search back to your computer. Give it a file name, or partial name, maybe some text you think is in the file, and where to start looking, and you're off to the races. If you want to get more specific in your search, you can also add in date and file size information. Now you'll find that report, so you can spiff it up to re-use. And good luck at the hardware store.

FileSearchEX is a Windows application. It's free for personal use.

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4 Responses to “Find that file”

  1. PatrickB says:

    I don’t understand. Win 7 already does this with the Start button.


  2. Dee says:


    Yeah, this is the second “download a day” that duplicates something that Windows 7 already does. The previous one was an FTP program.

    Is this a more user-friendly interface? Why din’t they say so? Don’t hold your breath for an answer, either. I questioned the other one and no one replied.

  3. RabidHobo says:

    While it’s true that Win 7 does search from the Start Menu it only searches in areas that are indexed. This does not include a lot of locations by default. You can get it to search all of these places by using the See more results option but the interface is really clumsy. The old XP style of searching was a lot more straight forward especially when trying to find a file and you just need it to search every location right off the bat. Particularly helpful when looking for certain driver files and the like. This program seems to give you that option again which makes me feel warm and happy.

  4. pcunite says:

    Am I the only one that searches UNC paths? I love FileSearchEX … you can type: \\server\share | C: and look everywhere on the lan if you want … as far as speed its as fast as the hard drive … when I come back to my desk there are my results. I guess I easy to please.