Everything

Folder Indexing

Folder indexing allows Everything to include any folder in the Everything index.


Indexed folders can go offline and remain the Everything index.


For example, with folder indexing you can index:

  • Network shares or mapped network drives.
  • FAT32 and other volumes.
  • Any physical folder.

Do I need administrative privileges or the Everything service to index folders?

No, folder indexing does not require administrative privileges or the Everything service.

Why is indexing so slow?

Folder indexing uses the same approach as the Windows search.

This can be a lot slower than NTFS indexing.

Everything can take a couple minutes to scan a folder and all its subfolders and files.

How do I add a folder to the Everything index?

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Folders tab.
  • Click Add....
  • Select a folder to add to the Everything index.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.

How do I add a network share to the Everything index?

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Folders tab.
  • Click Add....
  • Select the network share to add to the Everything index, for example:
  • \\server\share
    
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.

How do I add a mapped network drive to the Everything index?

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Folders tab.
  • Click Add....
  • Select the mapped network drive.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.

Will Everything detect all file name changes made to this folder?

No, not all file name changes can be detected.

Changes made remotely are not detected.

Lots of changes in a small amount of time can be missed.


You can specify an update time or update interval to rescan the entire folder for changes that might have been missed.


To customize the update time or update interval:

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Folders tab.
  • Select a folder.
  • Choose one of the options below:
    • Update each day, or weekly on a specific day, at a specific time.
    • Update periodically in the specified hours or minutes.
    • Never update.

What happens if the indexed folder is offline or not available?

The folder index will remain unchanged.

However, forcing a index rebuild will show the folder as empty.


Everything will continue to re-scan the folder at the specified update time or update interval and only update the folder when it is online.


Displaying icons and file information of offline folders can take several seconds to time-out.

You can press F5 to refresh this cache when the folder is back online.


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