Why Use FindOnClick?

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Uses for FindOnClick


FindOnClick is a simple to use, yet very powerful file finding utility for Windows™. It can create a list of files from any NTFS or FAT partitions in a few seconds.


Using FindOnClick, any file can be found quickly and easily. No more waiting and no more searching through a never ending list of search results. With a great array of filters, FindOnClick will help you locate the specific file in no time at all.


A wide range of search criteria can be used, e. g. size, date, contents, type, attributes, etc. FindOnClick can be powered from the command line or from an easy-to-use graphical interface,  supports regular expressions, and the search results can be exported for analysis in programs such as Microsoft Excel.


When searching local drives and being run by an Administrator, FindOnClick is considerably faster than the search feature available in Windows™. It also does not need to be constantly running and does not create index files that use up space on your drive.


FindOnClick produces results in a few seconds - no matter how many files you have or how large your hard drive is!


You can find: all the empty files, all files within a certain size, all files of a particular type (e. g. all Microsoft Word documents), all files created on a particular day or between a range of dates, all files modified on a particular day or between a range of dates, etc.


Is your disk storage getting cluttered? Simplify your storage and your life by using FindOnClick to find all duplicate files, empty files and temporary files. Then have FindOnClick delete what you don’t need.


Why FindOnClick?


Why should you use FindOnClick instead of the search function in Windows™? Aside from the fact that FindOnClick is considerably more powerful, has more options and is more flexible, it also outperforms Windows search function by a mile (when searching local drives and being run by an Administrator).


Why not use software such as Google Desktop Search (GDS), Copernic, etc.? Because FindOnClick does not need to run continually in the background, does not use extra disk space, and is real-time. Desktop searching software must either run all the time to build indexes of the contents of your files, or is only accurate as of the last index build. That takes up both CPU time and disk space, which can be considerable. Google Desktop Search, for example, requires 500MB just to install.


FindOnClick and desktop search software are complementary and not competing products, therefore you can use both. Programs such as GDS are excellent for finding email and documents based on their contents, whereas FindOnClick is designed primarily to find files based on their names, attributes (e. g. size), modifications or creation date & time, etc.


Check out some other great uses for FindOnClick below.


For Home Users


Let's say you have lots of digital photos of your last holiday and you want to find an image taken on a specific day. Use FindOnClick to easily search by date (or date range) and file type to locate your photo in seconds. The same applies to any kind of file: a document, spreadsheet, etc. FindOnClick gives you more time to do the things you want, rather than watching the Windows™ animated dog running around searching forever.


For Business Users


You have communications fired at you from all directions and it's easy to lose track of that critical Word or Spreadsheet document you (mis)filed somewhere a couple of weeks ago. Enter the file name, file type, or even a word in the file, and in next to no time, FindOnClick will locate it for you. You might also need to find every instance where a particular person or product name is mentioned. It’s a breeze with FindOnClick.


For Designers, Photographers, and Developers


As a creative person, you work with many, many files everyday and it's all too easy to lose track of an important one.  Never fear, FindOnClick will locate it at an incredible speed, much faster than using Windows™ search.


For the Security Minded


FindOnClick is a great tool that uses powerful filtering to target the file types you want to monitor, and in next to no time, you will view every new and modified file. From security updates to changes to your own documents, you will quickly confirm that your files are being changed in the manner you expect. Easy exporting of search results from FindOnClick provides the means to analyze and archive your search results using Microsoft Excel, Open Office Calc, or another spreadsheet application.


For Good Data House Keeping


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of all programs and their version dates? FindOnClick will do that for you, and put it in a spreadsheet form for record-keeping or analysis. Unlike running a search tool like Copernic, Google Desktop Search or similar software, FindOnClick doesn't need to consume valuable computer resources by running in the background, nor does FindOnClick need to index your files or require access to an index in order to make lightning-quick searches. If you're an advanced user, you can run FindOnClick from the Command Line and even use powerful Regular Expressions to make your searching even more effective.


For Advanced Users


FindOnClick is not only invaluable for the novice user, advanced users can enter powerful regular expressions to search the contents of files, and also (via the command line) search for file names using regular expressions. You'll be able to easily get the ID3v1 information from all your MP3 files, the version numbers of all program files, the MD5 hash value of files, and find duplicate files. The command line interface even lets you use FindOnClick in batch files and scripts.


FindOnClick Usage Examples


Here are just a few examples on how you can use FindOnClick. All of these searches will just take seconds to complete, no matter how many files you have:


Find all files that were created or modified today (for example, you may have downloaded a file and forgotten where you’ve saved it, or changed a file and forgotten which one you’ve changed or where it is).


Find how many files and sub-folders are in a folder and how much disk space is being used by that folder (or how many files and folders there are on the entire drive).


Find how many files are of a specific type, e. g. .doc files, and how much disk space is being used by them.


Find all the pictures that have your wife’s name in the filename.


Find all hidden and/or system files.


Find all empty files (or all non-empty files).


The following are more examples, this time searching the contents of files:


Find all files with duplicate contents – regardless of name or date.


Calculate the MD5 hash values of files.


Search for files containing certain text, e. g. your email address.


Get the program version numbers of all program files, and export them to a file.


Get the MP3 ID3v1 information of all your MP3 files, and build a table for your spreadsheet.


Have a search that you like to use regularly? FindOnClick can create a shortcut on your desktop that will perform that search with just a click or shortcut key.


Exporting Results


FindOnClick can export the search results to a comma-delimited text file that can be imported into programs like Microsoft Excel. You can choose what data to export and the sort order. Using Excel you can then create charts, graphs, etc. using the data. Another example would be to compare two sets of results to see what the differences are, e. g. which files have changed, or been created or deleted, between the two sets of results.


Customizing FindOnClick


FindOnClick can create shortcuts on your desktop to run commonly used searches, can be minimized to the system tray, and accessed via a hot-key for quick access. You can also add a shortcut to the Windows File Explorer context menu to make finding files even more convenient.




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