I previously wrote about how two Desktop Search programs, Lookeen and X1 Search) miserably failed me and recommended a little free program called “Everything” to quickly find any file on your computer. I use it everyday and rarely use the Windows Explorer anymore to locate a file.
But there is one limitation with Everything: Setting it up so that it also searches the contents of your files is not easy and when you have it set up and it finds a file based on a search term it contains, it still won’t tell you where in the file you can find the term. You will have to open the file and do another search within the file.
Not a big deal, you may say, but a couple of weeks ago, I discovered Noggle and I’d like to encourage you to try it out (and report back here, if you like). I have not yet used it enough to give a final verdict, but I looks like it pretty much beats any other desktop search program I’ve tried. And: it’s free for non-commercial use.
Unfortunately, the UI diverges a lot from the standard Windows experience so that you’ll have to experiment amd try stuff out a bit. I suppose you get used to it after a while.
UPDATE 13 january 2019: It looks like Noggle has become abandonware. On my computer, Noggle hast started to use loads of CPU power while indexing seems to have gotten stuck and support is non-responsive.