Filehand Search Product Description

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Filehand™ Search 3.0 brings the power of internet-style searching to your personal computer. Using Filehand Search you can find information stored in your computer system with the same ease and speed that you find information on the internet using search engine sites such as Google and Yahoo.

If you have tried other programs to find files on your computer, you were probably disappointed by the performance, lack of flexibility, and complicated interfaces. Even worse, other search tools can consume all of the processor and memory resources of your computer.

Filehand Search is designed from the ground up to respect the fact that you have other uses for your computer. It uses a modest amount of memory and runs at the lowest available priority. Yet Filehand Search typically handles search requests in a fraction of a second.

If you know how to search for information on the internet through web sites such as Google or Yahoo, you already know how to use Filehand Search. If you haven't used such web sites, don't worry. Even though its powerful, Filehand Search is very easy to use.


  • Instantly search the content of unlimited Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF, HTML and text files.

  • Search Outlook items, including email, contacts, notes, and appointments

  • Search for a file name or partial file name.

  • Search for files that were modified on a specific date or a range of dates.

  • Search only in specific file types, specific Outlook items, certain Outlook fields like subject line, or everything at once.

  • Fill in simple forms to find files containing combinations of words and phrases.

  • Exclude files with specific words or phrases.

  • Easily review the search results, which are shown in order of relevance.

  • Click on a document title to view or edit the file.

  • Click on a file name to open the folder that contains the file.

  • View extracts in the the result window, and scroll or search within any extract.

  • Drag and drop files from results to Windows folders and applications.
  • Search in nearly all Western and Middle Eastern languages


Filehand Search can examine the following types of files on your system:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls)

  • Corel WordPerfect (.wpd)*

  • Plain text files

  • Adobe PDF (.pdf)

  • HTML (.htm, .html)

  • Music (.mp3)

  • Outlook 2000-2003 items

* WordPerfect support requires filter software from Corel.


You enter Filehand Search requests the same way that you use an internet search engine. Initially you are shown the short search form. Type your search terms into the text box, click the Search button and the results are shown immediately.

The easy-to-use syntax allows you to specify word combinations, exact phrases, and excluded words. An advanced search form provides a direct way to enter complex search requests, as well as search by filename and dates.

When you click the Search button Filehand Search displays the title, file name and an extract for each file that contains your search terms. The files are listed in order of relevance. Files at the top of the list are more likely to suit your purpose.


When you click the Search button, the first line of the result tells you how many files matched your request.

Each result is numbered. The first result is the most relevant for your query. The relevance for each file is shown as a percentage compared to the first file.
You can scroll through the list with the vertical scroll bar. When you get to the bottom of the first 10 results, there is a link that you can click to see the next batch of results.

To open a file, click on the title. To open the folder containing a file, click on the file name.


Filehand Search provides a unique method to quickly find information within a file.  The browsing controls work like the buttons on a VCR. Use them to instantly view other relevant extracts within a file, move backward, forward, or see the beginning or end of a file. You can also change the amount of text displayed within an extract.


Filehand Search uses a powerful technique of pre-indexing files so that when you enter your search request, the results can be shown to you immediately. In effect, the answers to all of your search requests are calculated before you ask for them.

Filehand Search adds 500-10,000 files per hour per to its index. But you don't have to wait for the entire index to be constructed before you can search. Search at any time, and Filehand Search consults the index that has already been built. The index is automatically updated when you add, modify or delete any files.


Filehand Search works on systems with Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000. Disk space required is about 20% of the space used by searched files. More disk space is required while the index is built. Minimum main memory is 256 MBytes, with 512 MBytes recommended to index thousands of files. If you have less than 512 MBytes, you can restrict indexing to a convenient time of day.

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Doesn't Windows have file searching built in?

Actually, Windows 2000 and Windows XP have two ways to search files: a slow way and a fast way.

The slow way is to go into start»Search.  It will take several minutes, if not longer, to find the files you are looking for.  And, of course, it will not show you extracts like Filehand Search will.

Windows XP also supports the notion of indexing. If you can figure out how to use it, you might be able to perform fast searches.

The problem is that Windows XP is not very friendly with indexing.  Windows XP starts indexing at unexpected intervals, and the process of indexing slows your computer to a crawl.

In fact, many Windows experts recommend that you turn off Windows XP indexing.  See the FAQ for instructions on how to do this.

In contrast, Filehand Search's indexing is friendlier and uses only the processing power available that you are not using.

Bob's mother says:  "It's like making the beds while the potatoes are boiling."

And, Filehand Search is a lot easier to use.