egzthunder1 · Jul 16, 2014 at 04:00 am

Supercharge Your Search with Search Everything

There are several thousands of files of various kinds within the confines of our devices. They may be things that we put there ourselves such as pictures, documents, APKs, etc. On top of that, you also have the files that are part of the OS, which may be more or less based on what kind of device you have, what brand, and what OS flavor and version you are carrying. The combination of both of the aforementioned makes one hell of a mess if you need to search for a specific file.

To deal with the clutter, there are various solutions out there—most of them in the shape of file managers such as Astro, ES File Explorer, Solid, and many others that allow you to search for a specific file. The problem with these is the fact that not all of them are quick enough as they have to comb through folders upon folders of files. Granted that in order to reduce the time, one can always refine the searches to look in specific areas, but you may be missing out on your target if you exclude the wrong folder.

With the need for speed in mind, XDA Forum Member marl1234 created an application called Search Everything. This app was modeled after a PC program called Everything. The app, in essence, will allow the user to look for any file within fractions of a second. Upon starting up, Search Everything looks for all files in the device and it will index them. After that, whenever you type something on the search bar, the results for any matching string will appear right in front of your eyes almost instantly. On top of that, the app offers the ability to force open the file that you searched for with the app of your choice. This is analogous to Windows’s “Open With” option present in the context menu and it means no longer depending on how your device wants to treat your files but rather how you want to do it.

The app is still in early stages of development. This means that the app is not yet perfect and has some faults, the major (current) one being that the app is unable to skim through the SD card (which is not really an issue for Nexus users). Please swing by the thread if you are interested in a search tool on steroids. Happy searching. You can find more information in the Search Everything app thread.


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egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area.
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