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FindOnClick Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Read through the FAQs listed below on this page which will help you understand FindOnClick better, and quickly solve any difficulties that you might encounter.


The following screenshots show the main functions available in FindOnClick:


Easy Mode Search


Easy Mode is the default mode in FindOnClick.




Expert Mode Search


Clicking the Expert Search tab above allows the user to search in Expert Mode:




The following screenshots show the search results windows. The first shows the right click menu in FindOnClick which allows you to quickly carry out search tasks and retrieve information on particular files:




The second search window shows the Windows File Explorer Context Menu when the right mouse button is pressed and held on an item:




Q: Do I need to be an Administrator to use this program? Why?


A: No, but FindOnClick can only search local drives at high speed when the program is run as an Administrator.


Q: Do I need to be an Administrator to install this program?


A: No, but you do need write access to the folder FindOnClick is installed to.


Q: Can I run this software from a USB key or other external storage device?


A: Yes. Copy the FindOnClick.exe, foc.dll and C:\Windows\System32\SNU.dll files to the external storage device. For Vista and newer (especially if it is 64-bt) you will find the DLL in the following location: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\.



You must be an Administrator on the computer you plug the external storage device into to be able to get the best performance from FindOnClick.


Q: What type of files can I search for?


A: Any, but when searching network drives FindOnClick has to use the significantly slower standard Windows search method.


Q: What type of storage device can I search?


A: FindOnClick can seach any device that Windows can see in Explorer. For example, hard drives (internal and external), flash cards, Smart Media (SM), SONY Memory Sticks, IBM Micro Drives, Multimedia Cards (MMC), Secure Digital Cards (SD), etc. If it is a network drive, or is not formatted with NTFS, FAT or exFAT, then FindOnClick has to use the slower standard Windows search method.
Q: Can FindOnClick search multiple drives at once?
A: Yes, you can search multiple drives, network drives, and paths at the same time.


Q: I do not want to list empty files (files with a size of zero bytes). How do I do that?


A: Click the Search button and change the value of 'Files must be larger than or equal to:' to 1.


Q: What are streams?


A: A file (on NTFS) can have more than one stream, where a stream is another representation of the file. Most files only have one stream, but NTFS encrypted files, for example, may have more than one stream where one of the streams contains information about the encryption.


Q: Why are some filenames in blue?


A: They are NTFS compressed files.


Q: Why are some filenames in green?


A: They are NTFS encrypted files.


Q: I perform the same search lots of times. Can I create a shortcut to do the search?


A: Run FindOnClick, specify your search parameters, go to the Misc. tab and click the “Click here to create a shortcut to perform this search” text. FindOnClick will create a shortcut on your desktop that when double-clicked will perform that search. Another method is to perform the search the click the Shortcut button on the main interface.


Q: I cannot see the file icons. Why not?


A: Make sure you are displaying the Filename column as the icon goes with the filename.


Q: What is an MD5 hash value?


A: A hash value uniquely identifies the contents of a file. If two files have the same contents they will have the same MD5 hash value.


Q: Why is FindOnClick slow to return results?


A: When you enter search parameters in FindOnClick that will slow the search process, the program will warn you by showing an exclamation mark in the lower left corner of the Search window.  Click your mouse on the exclamation graphic to see a list of reasons for the slower search:



Q: When I search a network path, or do not run FindOnClick as an Administrator, it s much slower. Why?
A: If you are searching a network drive, or the drive is not formatted with NTFS or FAT, then FindOnClick has to use the slower standard Windows search method. FindOnClick cannot use the fastest search method unless run by an Administrator. If you are using a Limited User type of account then you can run FindOnClick as an Administrator by right-clicking on it's icon, selecting "Run As..." and supplying the password for the administrative account as presented in the screenshots below:





Q: Why is the number of streams zero?
A: If you are using FindOnClick on a network drive, or the drive is not formatted with NTFS or FAT, or FindOnClick is not run as an Administrator, then it has to use the slower standard Windows search method. In this case the number of streams in a file is not returned.


Q: How do I disable Indexing in Windows?
A: Disabling the Indexing Service in Windows can improve your computer's performance significantly by saving disk space that was previously occupied by the index. As more documents are created on your disk the bigger the index becomes. The index size is between 6% to 30% of used space on your disk.

FindOnClick users may wish to turn off the Indexing Service in Windows as FindOnClick returns far faster results.

Warning! After disabling the indexing service your built-in Windows Search will stop functioning.

The following are instructions on how to disable the Indexing Service in Windows XP and Vista. Note that Windows XP is not officially supported, so these instructions are provided for reference only.

Disabling Indexing in Windows XP

1. Open the Computer Management panel (as shown below):


2. Inside the Computer Management panel select the "Indexing Service" located in the left pane, then on the right pane select the first catalog in the list, then right click on it and select "Delete" (as shown below):


3. Answer "Yes" in the "Delete catalog?" dialog (as shown below):


4. Perform the same operation for each of the catalogs in the list.

5. Select "Services" in the left pane, then on the right pane select "Indexing Service" from the list, right click on it and select "Properties" (as shown below):


6. Inside the Indexing Service Properties panel click "Stopped" if the service is running. Select "Disabled" at the "Startup type" selection box and click "OK" (as shown below):


The Indexing Service in Windows XP will now be disabled.

Disabling Indexing in Windows Vista and newer

1. Open the Computer panel (as shown below):


2. Inside the Computer panel select first drive in the list, right click on it and select "Properties" (as shown below):


3. Inside the drive properties panel uncheck the "Index this drive for faster searching" checkbox and click "Ok" (as shown below):


4. Inside the confirmation panel make sure the "Apply changes to drive ?:\, subfolders and files" is selected, then click "Ok" (as shown below):


5. Inside the "Access Denied" panel click "Continue" (as shown below):


6. Inside the "Error Applying Attributes" panel click "Ignore All" (as shown below):


7. Perform the same operation for each of the drives in the list.

The Indexing Service in Windows will now be disabled.


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