We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Utilities software Reviews
15,669 Reviews

FileSeek review


Manufacturer: Binary Fortress

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

FileSeek is free software that helps locate a particular file, or information within a file, from within the ever-growing heap of data sitting on your hard drive.

FileSeek is free software that helps locate a particular file, or information within a file, from within the ever-growing heap of data sitting on your hard drive.

A free tool, FileSeek could provide fast and focused searches in the hands of someone comfortable with techie techniques such as regular expressions and wildcards, but non-techies might be more comfortable with the built-in Windows search.

FileSeek allows for specific searches that might include certain file types or names and exclude others, and can use wildcards in those specifications. For example, typing in "*.txt" in the Include field will tell FileSeek to only search files that end with .txt.

In its search results, FileSeek reports the filename, full path, and whether the result is based on finding a match based on the file's name or on information within the file.

If FileSeek found data within a file, it will report the line number where it found a match, and the selection of text that matched. If you click a particular result you'll see a preview of the matched text in the bottom of the program window; double-clicking will open that file.

FileSeek can perform detailed, specific searches if you're a technical user, but it could use a few more user-friendly features. For instance, there isn't currently a quick option to search everywhere if you have multiple hard drives. You'd instead have to search each drive in turn. But the program's maker is releasing frequent updates which FileSeek will check for automatically, so it may soon become more polished.

FileSeek Expert Verdict »

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003/Server 2008
400KB hard disk space
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

A useful free tool, FileSeek will really suit only techies.

  • Everything Search Engine review

    Everything Search Engine

    Everything Search Engine allows for quick and easy name and location searches for, well, everything. This tiny, free download quickly creates an index database of all your files (but not their contents) and displays them in a simple, no-nonsense search window.

  • MythicSoft FileLocator Pro review

    MythicSoft FileLocator Pro

    MythicSoft's FileLocator Pro offers extensive search tools for those who need to dig among a variety of file types and content to find one specific piece of data. The free version, Agent Ransack, would likely suffice for all but the most demanding data sleuths: This paid version is for the pros.

  • Digital Janitor review

    Digital Janitor

    Digital Janitor is software that tidies up random bunches of files.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Spotlight

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Spotlight

    Mac users upgrading to Leopard will find a different Spotlight waiting for them.

  • Magic Utilities 2011 review

    Magic Utilities 2011

    There are a lot of utility suites out there, and most have a lot of overlap with each other - there's just not that many ways to delete temp files or set startup programs. Magic Utilities 2011 has a lot of the basics, and one or two variants I haven't seen often, but it's also on the high end, pricewise.

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model