Everything

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:

%APPDATA%\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

In the Everything 1.3 or earlier, extra file information, such as size, dates and 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.


In Everything 1.4 or later, you can enable Everything to include size, date and attribute information in the index.

This extra file information can be quickly read from the master file table when the initial index is created.

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


Everything can quickly search and sort by this extra file information that is included in the index.


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 usage.

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


Everything 1.4 or later will index file size and date modified information by default.

Fast Sorting

In Everything 1.3 or earlier, the sort will reset to name after changing the search parameters.

Sorting by size or dates can be very slow.


In Everything 1.4 or later, you can enable fast sorting to very quickly sort results.


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


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 usage. 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.


Some fast sorts are available in Everything 1.3 and later such as Name, Date Run, Run Count and Date Recently Changed. Fast sorting is always enabled for these types.

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.

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 modified.
  • Uncheck Index attributes.
  • Uncheck Fast path sort.
  • Uncheck Fast extension sort.
  • Click OK.

Keep offline NTFS volumes with Everything 1.3

Everything tries to keep the index up to date. When an indexed volume is removed, the index must be rebuilt.

Enabling offline NTFS volumes will allow offline volumes to stay in the index without rebuilding entire index.


Offline NTFS volumes will be lost when the index is rebuilt.

All included NTFS volumes must be online when Everything builds its index.


To keep offline NTFS volumes in the Everything index:

Recover filenames from an old Everything.db

Make sure you make a backup of the Everything.db, Everything will recreate this file if a file system changes.

If you have a hard drive crash and have a backup of the Everything.db:

Make sure Everything is not running, copy the Everything.db backup to %APPDATA\Everything\Everything.db and run Everything.exe with the -read-only command line option:

Everything.exe -read-only

Once the old database is loaded, you can export the results to an EFU or CSV file.

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 with Everything 1.3

Everything tries to keep the index up to date. When an indexed volume is removed, the index must be rebuilt.

Enabling offline NTFS volumes will allow offline volumes to stay in the index without rebuilding entire index.


Offline NTFS volumes will be lost when the index is rebuilt.

All included NTFS volumes must be online when Everything builds its index.


To keep offline NTFS volumes in the Everything index:

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.

See also


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