Use the search edit to type in a search.
Type in a partial filename, files and folders matching your partial filename search will be instantly displayed in the result list.
For example, to find files and folders with the text reports in the filename, search for:
To limit the results to a drive, simply search for that drive, for example, to find files and folders on your D: drive, search for:
Include the path to limit the results to a folder, for example, to find files and folders in the folder D:\Downloads, search for:
Use double quotes to escape spaces, for example, to find files and folders in C:\Program Files, search for:
Use \ to find partial paths, for example, to find files and folders in a folder ending with documents, search for:
Use a space to combine searches, for example, to find files and folders containing the text order, located in the folder starting with work, search for:
|Search for an exact phrase|
|Matches zero of more characters.|
|Matches one character.|
Wildcards match the whole filename. Disable Match whole filename when using wildcards to match wilcards anywhere in the filename.
|Literal double quote |
|Literal apostrophe |
|Literal ampersand |
|Literal less than |
|Literal greater than |
|Literal unicode character <n> in decimal.|
|Literal unicode character <n> in hexadecimal.|
|Search for audio files.|
|Search for compressed files.|
|Search for document files.|
|Search for executable files.|
|Search for picture files.|
|Search for video files.|
|Enable or disable fast ASCII case comparisons.|
|Match or ignore case.|
|Match or ignore accent marks.|
|Match files only.|
|Match folders only.|
|Match the full path and file name or just the filename.|
|Enable or disable regex.|
|Match the whole filename or match anywhere in the filename.|
|Match whole words or match anywhere in the filename.|
|Enable or disable wildcards.|
|Search for the ID3 or FLAC album.|
|Search for the ID3 or FLAC artist.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified file attributes.|
|Find images with the specified bits per pixel.|
|Search for folders that contain a child file or folder with a matching filename.|
|Search for folders that contain the specified number of subfolders and files.|
|Search for folders that contain the specified number of files.|
|Search for folders that contain the specified number of subfolders.|
|Search for the ID3 or FLAC comment.|
|Search file content.|
|Limit the number of results to max.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified date accessed.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified date created.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified date modified.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified date run.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified folder depth.|
|Find images with the specified width and height.|
|Search for duplicated files.|
|Search for empty folders.|
|Filenames (including extension) ending with text.|
|Search for files with a matching extension in the specified semicolon delimited extension list.|
|Search for a list of file names in the specified pipe (|) delimited file list.|
|Search for files and folders belonging to the file list filename.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified semicolon delimited File Reference Numbers.|
|Search for files and folders in the specified zero based internal file system index.|
|Search for the ID3 or FLAC genre.|
|Search for images with the specified height in pixels.|
|Search for files and folders that match the specified filename length.|
|Search for images with the specified orientation (landscape or portrait).|
|Search for files and folders in the specified path, excluding subfolders.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified recently changed date.|
|Search for files and folders with no parent folder.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified run count.|
|Search for a known shell folder name, including subfolders and files.|
|Search for files with the specified size in bytes.|
|Search for filenames starting with text.|
|Search for the ID3 or FLAC title.|
|Search for files and folders with the specified type.|
|Search for images with the specified width in pixels.|
|Equal to value.|
|Less than or equal to value.|
|Less than value.|
|Equal to value.|
|Greater than value.|
|Greater than or equal to value.|
|Is in the range of values from start to end.|
|Is in the range of values from start to end.|
|0 KB < size <= 10 KB|
|10 KB < size <= 100 KB|
|100 KB < size <= 1 MB|
|1 MB < size <= 16 MB|
|16 MB < size <= 128 MB|
|size > 128 MB|
year/month depending on locale settings
year/month/day depending on locale settings
|Not content indexed|
Search options can be toggled from the Search menu.
Enabled search options are displayed in the right of the status bar. Double click the status bar part to disable the search option. Right click the status bar to show a list of search options.
Match or ignore case.
Match Whole Words
Match whole words or allow the match to occur any where in the filename.
match against the full path and filename or just the filename.
Match or ignore accent marks.
Enable or disable regular expressions.
Match the specified type only. See Filters for more information.
Use the Everything advanced search to help build a more complex search.
To show the advanced search dialog:
In "Everything", from the Search menu, click Advanced Search.
Warning: content searching is extremely slow.
File content is not indexed.
Please combine content: functions with other filters for the best performance.
Content search functions:
|Search file content using the associated iFilter. If no iFilter exists UTF-8 content is used.|
|File contents are treated as ANSI text.|
|File contents are treated as UTF-8 text.|
|File contents are treated as UTF-16 (Unicode) text.|
|File contents are treated as UTF-16 (Big Endian) text.|
Example, find emails, modified this week, containing the text "keyboard":
*.eml dm:thisweek content:keyboard
* Note: content: is used last in the search above, this means Everything will only search the content of files that matched the previous search
The following search functions can be used to search for ID3 tags and FLAC tags:
|Track number or track range.|
|Tear or year range.|
ID3v1 is fully supported.
ID3v2, ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 are loosely supported.
ID3 tags and FLAC tags are not indexed. Searching for ID3 tags and FLAC tags is slow, combine with other searches for the best performance.
Only ID3 tags in mp3 files are currently supported.
The following functions can be used to search for image dimensions
|The width of the image in pixels.|
|The height of the image in pixels.|
|The width and height of the image in pixels. Use a x to separate the width and height.|
Image information is not indexed. Searching for image information is slow, combine with other searches for the best performance.
Only jpg, png, gif and bmp files are supported.
The following functions can be used to search for duplicated files.
|Find files and folders with the same filename.|
|Find files and folders with the same attributes. Sort by attributes for the best results.|
|Find files and folders with the same date accessed. Sort by date accessed for the best results.|
|Find files and folders with the same date created. Sort by date created for the best results.|
|Find files and folders with the same date modified. Sort by date modified for the best results.|
|Find files and folders with the same name part (excluding extension).|
|Find files and folders with the same size. Sort by size for the best results.|
Duplicates are found in the ENTIRE index, not the current results.
Search and sort results by the same dupe type for the best results.
Everything does not check file contents. Use the dupe finding functions as a guide only.
Filters are predefined searches. Only one filter can be active at a time. Filters can be toggled from the Search menu.
To create a new filter from the current search:
In Everything, from the Search menu, click Add to filters....
Type in a Name.
To edit an existing filter:
In Everything, from the Search menu, click Organize filters....
Select a filter.
Bookmarks can save the current search, filter, sort and index.
To create a new bookmark from the current search:
In Everything, from the Bookmarks menu, click Add to bookmarks....
Type in a Name.
To organize bookmarks:
In Everything, from the Bookmarks menu, click Organize bookmarks....
The home search is the default search when you first open an Everything search window.
The home search can be opened by pressing Alt + Home.
To change the home search settings:
In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
Click the '''Home''' tab.
Set the desired search, search options, sort order and view options.
Custom macros can be defined by filters and bookmarks.
To create a custom filter macro:
Type in a macro name, for example:
Searching for foo: will now be replaced by the filter's search.
Regex overrides the search syntax. Search operators, wildcards, macros, modifiers and functions do not work in regex mode.
Regex must be enabled from the Search menu or prefix the search with
|Matches a or b|
|Matches gray or grey|
|Matches any single character|
|Matches a single character a, b or c|
|Matches any single character except a, b or c|
|Matches a single charactor in the range a to z|
|Matches a single charactor in the range a to z or A to Z|
|Matches the start of the filename|
|Matches the end of the filename|
|Matches the preceding element zero or more times|
|Matches the preceding element zero or one times|
|Matches the preceding element one or more times|
|Matches the preceding element x times|
|Matches the preceding element x or more times|
|Matches the preceding element between x and y times|
The following search commands are special searches that can be activated by typing in the search and pressing ENTER.
|Show the About dialog.|
|Open your Everything.ini|
|Show the Everything credits dialog.|
|Open the home search.|
|Show the Everything licence agreement.|
|Show the Everything options.|
|Close the Everything search window.|
|Close all Everything search windows.|
|Run the specified command ID.|
|Show a save as dialog to backup the Everything.ini.|
|Backup the Everything.ini to the specified filename.|
|Show a open file dialog to load the Everything.ini.|
|Load the Everything.ini from the specified filename.|
|Enable debug mode.|
|Enable debug mode and start debug logging.|
|Show the help window.|
|Stops NTFS, ReFS, file lists and folder monitors. Monitors are not started again until specified with /monitor_resume.|
|Starts NTFS, ReFS, file lists and folder monitors.|
|Force a rebuild|
|Enable verbose debugging.|
|Update all folder indexes now.|
|Update the specifed folder index by path now.|
|Show the current setting for the specified ini option in the statusbar. Use the TAB key to auto complete.|
|Set the specified ini option to the specified value. The new value is shown in the status bar if successful.|
For example, to change the status bar selected item format to full path and filename, type in the following search and press ENTER:
Changing some ini options will require a restart.
To change the / prefix to another character or string, type in the following search and press ENTER:
<command prefix> is the new command prefix.
For example, to change the command prefix to
>, type in the following search and press ENTER:
To restore the command prefix to the default
/, type in the following search and press ENTER:
To limit the number of results shown, use the count: search function.
For example to limit the number of results shown to 100, include at the start of your search:
Search for ABC and 123:
Search for ABC or 123:
Search for everything except ABC:
Search for uppercase ABC
Search for mp3 files:
Search for mp3 files on the D: or E: drive:
Search for jpg or png files on the D: drive:
Search for files or folders with no extension:
Search for files only:
Search for folders only:
Limit the search to a single folder:
Find files larger than 1MB:
Instantly find files that have changed today:
Find files and folders created this week:
Find files and folders created from the 1st August 2014 to 31st August 2014:
Depending on your locale settings.
Find folders in D:\music that do not contain an mp3 file:
Find filenames with non-ASCII characters: