SearchMyFiles 3.00 is a new version of Nirsoft's popular Windows search tool; the new version introduces functionality to search for text in Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and other documents.
I reviewed an earlier version of SearchMyFiles in 2012 and concluded that it was an excellent desktop search program for Windows that offered a wealth of search parameters and options.
Note: SearchMyFiles has nothing to do with Search My Files, another desktop search program that we reviewed in the past.
SearchMyFiles 3.00 is a big update for the portable program. You need to download the 32-bit or 64-bit archive from the Nirsoft website and extract it to your system to get started.
The program opens its two windows when you run it: one to configure searches, the other to display search results.
The new version of the desktop search program features two main new features: the option to use Windows search handlers to find text in files, and a change in the Find Folders search behavior.
You may use the program to find text in files. All that is required for that is to select "Text" next to "File contains" in the search options and type text that you want the program to find. You may specify one or multiple base folders, exclude folders, and limit searches to certain file names or file types.
Search returns files that match these search parameters. The program supported searches for file content previously as well but the new version adds another option to the process.
The "Use Windows search handlers to find text inside Microsoft Office documents and other file types" option needs to be checked for that to happen. It switches the text search functionality to Windows Search handlers to find text inside Office documents, PDF documents, and other file types.
One of the core differences between the two options is that Windows search handlers limit the types of files that text search is run on; you may also get different results because search uses a different system.
Nirsoft notes that PDF searching works only if the Microsoft PDF search handler or Adobe's PDF iFilter is properly installed on the device.
SearchMyFiles 3.00 features another change: the program's find folders option returns matching folders. The desktop search program displays only folders that match the specified wildcard in the Files wildcard field as of this version.
SearchMyFiles 3.00 is still a great desktop search program. It may look convoluted and confusing at first to some users but it should not take more than a minute or two to understand core program functionality.
The new find text in files option adds another option to the program without taking anything away. You may want to use both to determine which works better for you.
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