This is how you can achieve being able to navigate to a folder, and let NirSoft SearchMyFiles search that particular folder. It is faster and much better than Windows search.
You simply go into main menu, click on Options.
Click to enable "Explorer Context Menu".
That is it.
The next time you are in Windows Explorer or Total Commander;
place your cursor on any folder, then
simply right click on mouse and choose SearchMyFiles from CVontext Menu.
Nirsoft SearchMyFiles will open with that folder already input into the "Base Folders" of the Search Options window.
You can input whatever search criteria you wish.
The two window pane system is in fact superior.
It lets you control search criteria in window 1 and the search results in the other window 2.
You can press F9 to open any search result file; or choose in Options to Open File On Double Click.
The software remembers your last Base folder and the next time you run the software, it defaults to your last used base folder.
If you have many base folders; it remembers them too.
Just select from a scroll list.
Overall an excellent search software. Portable and FREE.
The biggest thing is to find a search too which will scan network drives. Most only look at local attached media but SearchMyFiles works without question on any drive or remote media. The interface seems busy at first but once you examine the layout it all makes sense. I was able to find what I needed and also to verify that if a file did not exist. Either way the results were produces quick. Thanks again to NirSoft's tools!!! Two-Thumbs Up!
Found a string of text inside a folder in seconds, which neither the Windows search function nor Google Desktop did.
Definitely a keeper.
Though it has many features, SearchMyFiles is surprisingly clunky. When invoked it opens two windows: a list window, and a search window with lots of options. SearchMyFiles requires the use of wildcards for all searches, which is straight out of 1989. Choosing the search folder was cumbersome. I'd grown accustomed to Windows' search of being able to navigate to a folder, hit F3, and then having the software search, albeit slowly, the folder for my criteria. I'd hoped for something as intuitive as Windows' search, but faster. I'll keep looking.
I gave this a run and tried to find some simple files but this barely found anything I'd search for. I searched for Gimp, Ashampoo, and other common files on my system, mpeg, jpeg, etc... but barely found anything.
I thought this would be a very good search tool considering how in depth the settings are so was a bit disappointed when I actually used it. Not saying it isn't GOOD but not what I would use, maybe to carry around on a USB? Not sure I would even go that far.
Searches for files extremely fast and is a keeper.
Downloaded this program (v1.15), and found it did what the native Vista search couldn't do - provide a simple interface to find files quickly with minimum end-user input.
The references in an earlier review regarding cpu utilization may either have been addressed or the machine I use Vista on is sufficiently powerful for it not be affected.
Definitely worth trying (works in XP also).
Could find anything quickly and at no expense to install a thing. Like using a disk to boot but easier. Wish there where more effective programs like this one. A sweet gem here like a plunger.? Missing a option to extract or scoop a selection files found to move all at once. I like the new Box check feature some are starting to use.
I was thrilled to see the size of this program (it was like a breeze from 1980's), and when it had a quite normal outlook and all necessary options, my hopes were high. My enthusiasm didn't fall when I noticed this program used more processor capacity than other search programs tend to do - it "should" mean high speed processing... but no; SMF turned out to be slow, slow and slow. XP`s own search function did the work in 32 seconds, while SearchMyFiles took 3 minutes 40 seconds. Considering the unbelievably small size of the program, the maker must be something of a genius and thus, I stand in awe waiting what he / she may produce by adding some mass to this product. It found everything, yes, but it just did the work incredibly slow.
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