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Indexes

By default, "Everything" indexes all local fixed NTFS volumes.


Indexes can be customized in the Everything options.


Database location

Everything stores the database in:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Everything\Everything.db

If Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything is disabled, Everything.db is stored in the same location as Everything.exe.


To set the database location:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Select the Indexes tab.

  • Set the Database location.

  • Click OK.


Size, Dates and Attributes Indexing

Everything indexes file size and date modified by default.

Everything will maintain this extra file information in real-time.


File information that is indexed can be searched instantly.


Extra file information, such as date created and file attributes is not indexed.

This file information is gathered when displayed in Everything.

Searching or sorting by this file information can be quite slow for many results.


To include extra file information in the Everything index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options

  • Click the Indexes tab.

  • Check the desired options:

    • Index file size

    • Index folder size

    • Index date created

    • Index date modified

    • Index date accessed

    • Index attributes

  • Click OK.


Note: Including extra file information in the index will require more memory.

Hover over an extra file information option to see a tooltip showing the extra memory requirements.


Folder sizes

To show folder sizes in "Everything":

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options

  • Click the Indexes tab.

  • Check Index folder size.

  • Click OK.


Fast Sorting

"Everything" maintains a "Fast sort" index for size and date modified information.


Fast sorting is persistent, that is, "Everything" will remember the sort between searches.


When sorting by file information that does not have fast sorting enabled "Everything" must gather this information from disk which can be slow.


To enable fast sorting:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Indexes tab.

  • Check the desired fast sort options:

    • Fast size sort

    • Fast date created sort

    • Fast date modified sort

    • Fast date accessed sort

    • Fast attribute sort

    • Fast path sort

    • Fast extension sort

  • Click OK.


Note: Enabling fast sort requires more memory. The corresponding extra file information must be included in the index.

Hover over a fast sort option to see a tooltip showing the extra memory requirements.


Name, Date Run, Run Count and Date Recently Changed are always fast sort enabled.


NTFS

"Everything" will automatically index all fixed NTFS volumes.


To manually index fixed NTFS volumes:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the NTFS tab

  • uncheck Auto include new fixed volumes.

  • Click OK.


To include removable NTFS volumes in the index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the NTFS tab

  • Select the removable volume.

  • Check Include in database.

  • Click OK.


ReFS

"Everything" will automatically index all fixed ReFS volumes.


To manually index fixed ReFS volumes:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the ReFS tab

  • uncheck Auto include new fixed volumes.

  • Click OK.


To include removable ReFS volumes in the index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the ReFS tab

  • Select the removable volume.

  • Check Include in database.

  • Click OK.


Folders

Use folder indexing to include mapped network drives, CDRoms, DVDRoms, FAT and FAT32 volumes.


See Folder Indexing for more information.


File Lists

Use file lists to index CDs, DVDs, BluRays and other offline files and folders.


See File lists for more information.


Exclude

"Everything" will index every file and folder, you can then exclude files from the index.


To exclude files or folders with the hidden or system attributes from the "Everything" index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Exclude tab

  • Check Exclude hidden files and folders" to exclude files and folders with the hidden attribute.

  • Check Exclude system files and folders" to exclude files and folders with the system attribute.

  • Click OK.


To exclude a folder from the "Everything" index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Exclude tab

  • Click Add Folder...

  • Select the folder to exclude.

  • Click OK.

  • Click OK.


To include only certain types of files in the "Everything" index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Exclude tab

  • Type in the semi-colon delimited list of wildcard filters for include only files, for example, include only mp3 and jpg files:

    *.mp3;*.jpg
  • Click OK.


To exclude certain types of files from the "Everything" index:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Exclude tab

  • Type in the semi-colon delimited list of wildcard filters for exclude files, for example, exclude thumbs.db, desktop.ini and tmp files:

    thumbs.db;desktop.ini;*.tmp
  • Click OK.


To use regex in your exclude filters, prefix the exclude filter with regex:, for example, to exclude folders starting with A-N, set the exclude filter to:

regex:^[A-N]


Optimizing for smallest memory foot print

To reduce the memory requirements for "Everything":

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Indexes tab

  • Uncheck Index recent changes.

  • Uncheck Index file size.

  • Uncheck Index folder size.

  • Uncheck Index date created.

  • Uncheck Index date modified.

  • Uncheck Index date accessed.

  • Uncheck Index attributes.

  • Uncheck Fast path sort.

  • Uncheck Fast extension sort.

  • Click OK.


Recover filenames from an Everything.db

To recover a list of filenames from a Everything.db:

  • Please make sure you have a backup of your Everything.db.

  • Download db2efu.zip.

  • Open db2efu.zip and run db2efu.exe

  • Select your Everything.db file.

  • Choose a filename to store the list of filenames.

  • This file list file can be opened with "Everything", notepad or Excel.


Force rebuild

To force "Everything" to rebuild its indexes:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the Indexes tab

  • Click Force Rebuild.

  • Click OK.


Keep offline NTFS volumes in the index

To force Everything to rebuild its indexes:

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the NTFS tab

  • Uncheck Automatically remove offline volumes.

  • Click OK.


To manually remove offline volumes

  • In "Everything", from the Tools menu, click Options.

  • Click the NTFS tab

  • Select the offline NTFS volume and click Remove.

  • Click OK.


Fast reindexing

"Everything" must perform a reindex when a new volume is added to the index or an existing volume is removed from the index.

When a reindex occurs with "Everything" 1.3 and earlier, all volumes must be completely rescanned, even if they have not changed.

"Everything" 1.4 can quickly reindex by reusing the existing up-to-date indexes.


Limitations

While all NTFS/ReFS hard links are indexed, changes made to a hard link will only update the first hard link entry in "Everything".

"Everything" does not follow junctions with NTFS/ReFS indexing.


Pausing file system monitors

To pause NTFS monitors, ReFS monitors, folder monitors and file list monitors:

  • In "Everything", type in the following search and press ENTER:

    /monitor_pause


To resume NTFS monitors, ReFS monitors, folder monitors and file list monitors:

  • In "Everything", type in the following search and press ENTER:

    /monitor_resume


Monitors will remain paused until they are resumed.


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