FileSeek: Lightning Fast File Search!

FileSeek Change Log

v5.1 • August 9, 2016

  • Change: Now targeting the .NET Framework 4.0, which will automatically install during setup if needed
  • Change: General UI improvements
  • Change: Added an option to rename files and folders (one result at a time)
  • Change: You can now drag and drop results into the search fields
  • Change: New command line parameter to start FileSeek in the system tray (-tray)
  • Change: Search criteria will change back to the way it was before after clicking the 'Search in New Tab' button
  • Change: FileSeek will now only sync search profiles when starting from the command line if it needs to load a profile
  • Change: FileSeek can now extend a query through multiple lines of a file
  • Fix: FileSeek will now search though large files correctly when using File Handlers
  • Fix: Custom column setups will now work correctly
  • Fix: Exported column names will no longer have ampersand characters in them
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where FileSeek couldn't find files with no extension
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where FileSeek was unresponsive when querying large files
  • Fix: FileSeek will now export extra lines correctly when saving search results
  • Fix: Asterisks (wildcards) will now work correctly in the Exclude Paths field
  • Fix: Advanced settings will now save properly

v5.0.1 • November 8, 2015

  • Fix: Improvements for high contrast themes and classic mode theme

v5.0 • November 2, 2015

  • Change: New and improved user interface
  • Change: Performance improvements
  • Change: Added support for Windows 10 per-monitor DPI scaling
  • Change: Columns in the search result list can now be modified
  • Change: It is now possible to sort by more than one column (add extra sort columns to sort by holding down the shift key and clicking on the column header)
  • Change: Default sort is now by file name, then line number
  • Change: The column sort settings will be kept when starting another search on the same tab
  • Change: The Result List will now be focused after the first result is added
  • Change: Added the ability to import and export Search Profiles
  • Change: Added the option to force FileSeek to use a single instance
  • Change: New Text Query equality modifier (see FAQ for more information)
  • Change: The lines shows before and after a search result has been increased from 10 to 100
  • Change: You can now specify a name for the "Other Application" menu item
  • Change: FileSeek now has group policy support
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where FileSeek sometimes opened shell32.dll instead of the selected file
  • Fix: Dragging files from the result list will work now
  • Fix: Drive letters can now be entered without a trailing backslash
  • Fix: Column widths are now saved and restored correctly
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where single clicking on two different items quickly would treat the input as a double click

v4.5 • June 18, 2015

  • Change: Removed the OR keyword for the query field, just use a space now. For example "cats OR dogs" is now just "cats dogs". If you want to find cats AND dogs, just use "+cats +dogs".
  • Change: Added the option to use Text Queries for included and excluded file filters
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where results removed from the results list would cause problems
  • Fix: Paths and file names with numbers in the results now sort correctly
  • Fix: Fixed various 32-bit related issues
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where the file list columns would stay pressed after a mouse drag

v4.4 • April 16, 2015

  • Change: Great improvements to speed and responsiveness while running searches
  • Change: Added a 'Cut' option to the results context menu
  • Change: New command line parameter to start FileSeek with the "Query is RegEx" option enabled
  • Fix: Exporting to CSV will now use the correct culture specific list separator

v4.3 • March 27, 2015

  • Change: Added a new tab to the Settings window that will allow users to view, enable, and disable preview handlers
  • Change: Moved the advanced setting to disable preview handlers to the new Preview Handler tab in the Settings window
  • Change: There is a new option in the Search settings that will allow users to export extra lines when saving search results to CSV and HTML
  • Change: Added a new advanced setting: "Don't use icons in result list"
  • Fix: Huge memory usage improvements
  • Fix: FileSeek will no longer crash when trying to load corrupt preview handlers

v4.2 • March 4, 2015

  • Change: FileSeek will now show a preview for some apps in a new preview window beside the results text box
  • Change: Added an option to show a message if FileSeek finds an empty folder
  • Change: Added an option to treat the Exclude Path field as a wildcard
  • Change: FileSeek has a new advanced setting to allow you to turn previews off
  • Change: FileSeek has a new advanced setting to allow you to set a custom file decoder
  • Change: FileSeek has a new advanced setting to allow you to turn off the warning when you clear your search history
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where the folder browse dialog was not opening at the last selected path
  • Fix: Treat exclude path as wildcard option will now work correctly

v4.1.1 • February 5, 2015

  • Fix: Resolved an issue with the "treat query as one phrase" option

v4.1 • February 3, 2015

  • Change: The context menu in Windows Explorer can now handle opening multiple files in one instance of FileSeek
  • Change: You can now drag and drop files into the Include and Exclude files and paths text boxes to automatically append them
  • Change: A new image preview area has been added to the results pane
  • Fix: FileSeek now searches root network paths correctly
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where the include files box gets cleared when opening FileSeek from the Explorer context menu
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where date filters were not saved correctly in search profiles

v4.0.1 • January 2, 2015

  • Fix: Fixed some minor issues

v4.0 • December 17, 2014

  • Change: Added the ability to customize the date format used by FileSeek
  • Change: FileSeek now searches through root folders before nested folders
  • Change: Added a new search option to skip searching of hidden files and folders
  • Change: Added a new search option to skip searching of system files and folders
  • Change: Added a new search option to show an error when skipping hidden files and folders
  • Change: Added a new search option to show an error when skipping system files and folders
  • Fix: FileSeek now shows the total size of all files it searched in the status bar
  • Fix: Default search profiles now start with the "Show folders that match include files" option set to off
  • Fix: FileSeek will now properly search through folders that contain more than 10,000 files and folders
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where FileSeek did not restore its position properly
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where FileSeek did not save search profiles properly
  • Fix: File Handler improvements

v3.3 • August 8, 2014

  • Change: Added 2 new options to search for file/folders names only against the "include files" filter
  • Fix: No shows a warning if a searched PDF has no text
  • Fix: Added a "Permanently Delete Selected Files" option to the context menu
  • Fix: Improved UI control sizes for non-English languages
  • Fix: Big-5 file encoding improvements
  • Fix: Cyrillic file encoding improvements
  • Fix: Improvements with date filtering and AND/OR
  • Fix: Text query bug fixes (quoted phrases... etc)
  • Fix: Line breaks now works correctly in DOCX files (and others)
  • Fix: No more "index out of bounds" errors when searching inside some files

v3.2.1 • June 18, 2014

  • Change: HTML export files now contain links to the files and folders
  • Change: You can now change the behaviour of the Date Filters to AND or OR
  • Fix: Icons for "Other Application" in the Settings Window no longer disappear
  • Fix: Font scaling compatibility improvements

v3.2 • June 16, 2014

  • Change: Improved the "Other Applications" tab in the Settings window
  • Change: Added the option to minimize or close FileSeek to the system tray
  • Change: Added an option to pass multiple files to the same instance, instead of opening multiple instances
  • Change: Added an option to treat query text as one large search term
  • Change: Added an option to skip a file being read after a certain number of seconds
  • Change: Date filter "From" dates now are set to midnight instead of the current time
  • Change: Added a command line option "-start", which executes a search as soon as FileSeek starts
  • Change: Query tooltip will now change as you type in the query text field
  • Change: Added an "Extension" column to the search results
  • Change: The "File" column in the search results is now called "File Name"
  • Change: New UI icons to make it more consistent with other Binary Fortress Software applications
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where the "Exclude Folder" filters were being ignored
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where the date filters were not set to the correct value
  • Fix: Massive performance improvements while searching

v3.1.4 • November 12, 2013

  • Fix: "Double-Click Action" drop-down was missing from the Settings window
  • Fix: "Growl for Windows" compatibility improvements

v3.1.3 • October 7, 2013

  • Change: Added "Growl for Windows" integration (enabled by default if you have Growl for Windows installed)
  • Fix: Small performance and stability improvements

v3.1.2 • September 11, 2013

  • Change: Exported HTML and CSV search results now show the start and end time
  • Fix: Minor UI error message improvements

v3.1.1 • July 19, 2013

  • Change: Added an option to enable or disable tooltips
  • Change: Added an option to always start FileSeek with a blank search profile
  • Change: Added information from the status bar to exported HTML results
  • Fix: FileSeek now supports better font rendering for East Asian languages
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where the file handler names didn't properly load in the Settings window
  • Fix: File Handler processing for text files no longer ignores blank lines
  • Fix: Font scaling improvements
  • Fix: Text query improvements

v3.1 • June 6, 2013

  • Change: Added the ability to filter within search results
  • Change: The option to show more lines before and after a result in the preview pane is now avaliable per-search
  • Change: Added new command line options
  • Change: All file filters now have the option to search by a RegEx value
  • Change: ToolTip display time has been increased from 5 seconds to 10 seconds
  • Change: Split the "show lines before/after" into 2 separate settings
  • Change: All Language names are now capitalized
  • Fix: Folder results no longer get shown when minimum file size filter is set
  • Fix: Resolved an issue where copying text from the preview pane caused an error
  • Fix: Preview pane now correctly remembers it's size
  • Fix: Deleting long file paths now works correctly in all situations
  • Fix: Fixed an error that caused text copying to fail from the preview pane
  • Fix: Exclude Paths is now a wildcard by default

v3.0 • April 26, 2013

  • Changed: The FileSeek UI is now translated into other languages
  • Changed: Searches can now be opened in new tabs
  • Changed: Added Search Profiles for configuring and saving your searches for use later
  • Changed: Search Profiles can by sync'd between computers
  • Changed: Searches are now multi-threaded for better performance
  • Changed: Added support for long file paths (searching, querying, deleting)
  • Changed: Date Created is now shown in the search results
  • Changed: Date Accessed is now shown in the search results
  • Changed: Added more command line parameters
  • Changed: Search results can be dragged from the FileSeek window into other applications
  • Changed: Window title is now set to the current search parameters
  • Changed: You can now filter results by: Date Created, Date Modified, Date Accessed, File Size (minimum and maximum)
  • Changed: Added a more advanced query syntax for searching inside files
  • Changed: Added the ability to exclude folders from searches
  • Changed: The Windows context menu items now have the FileSeek icon
  • Changed: Added an option to show more preview lines for search results
  • Changed: Added the ability to export search results to CSV
  • Changed: Added the ability to export search results to HTML
  • Changed: Added an option to copy the folder names for search results
  • Changed: Added an option to configure the default double-click behaviour for search results
  • Changed: Added a "Pause" button for pausing searches
  • Changed: Added support for environment variables in the include/exclude paths field
  • Changed: Auto-updater now supports a single click update for FileSeek Pro users
  • Fixed: Various UI and performance issues have been resolved
  • Fixed: Sorting and searching in non-English languages is much improved
  • Fixed: Resolved an issue that prevented accented characters from being properly matched
  • Fixed: Resolved an issue that caused the enter key to open the selected search result twice
  • Fixed: The "open" actions now support more than 1 file (you can open multiple result files now)
  • Fixed: The folder browsing window has been updated to look more modern
  • Fixed: Search results no longer appear in the wrong search tab when opening new searches quickly
  • Fixed: Resolved a text highlighting issue related to whole-file searches

v2.1.3 • April 4, 2011

  • Fixed: "Open with Other Application" now passes the correct line number when using a non-English locale
  • Fixed: Menu colours where sometimes displayed incorrectly when a custom colour scheme was used in Windows

v2.1.2 • February 18, 2011

  • Changed: CTRL + A now selects all of the results
  • Fixed: Stability and performance improvements

v2.1.1 • January 15, 2011

  • Changed: File size filter is now separated into minimum and maximum, and now has a units selector (bytes, KB, MB, GB)
  • Changed: New 'Internet Connection Settings' window for configuring proxy settings more easily

v2.1 • January 1, 2011

  • Changed: Added a "Clear Search History" button in the Settings window
  • Changed: Improved file browser for selecting the custom file editing "other application"
  • Changed: Added more filtering options: date created, date modified, file size by clicking the "More Options" button
  • Changed: New auto-updater

v2.0.4 • November 30, 2010

  • Changed: The "Query" field is now focused after a search is complete
  • Changed: The date filter can now be set to filter based on date modified or date created

v2.0.3 • November 8, 2010

  • Changed: Now shows a warning message when trying to search for a text string inside a known binary file type
  • Fixed: Some tab order issues are now corrected

v2.0.2 • September 22, 2010

  • Changed: Can now search the "Recycle Bin" from the Windows Explorer context menu
  • Changed: You can now press the DEL key to delete files from the results list
  • Changed: Files that are deleted from the results list are now removed from the results list

v2.0.1 • September 2, 2010

  • Fixed: Some UI option wording has been tweaked
  • Fixed: Main window and Settings window was being cropped when font scaling is used at a low resolution

v2.0 • August 25, 2010

  • Changed: Added a "File Size" column to the result list
  • Changed: Added "Copy" and "Delete" menu items for selected files

v1.9.9 • August 13, 2010

  • Changed: Re-designed the Settings window
  • Changed: Added an option to exclude certain file types from IFilter search
  • Changed: Renamed "IFilters" to "File Handlers" to make it easier to understand what they do

v1.9.8 • June 29, 2010

  • Changed: Added an option to skip link/junction files and folders (can result in less duplicate file-searching)
  • Changed: Added an option to treat the all "Include Files" filters as wildcards (ex: foo is treated as *foo*)
  • Changed: Changed the wording in the Settings window for the "Toggle file/folder name matching..." option
  • Fixed: Longer proxy passwords weren't saved correctly (everyone will need to re-enter their proxy password)
  • Fixed: Using the Date Modified filter sometimes showed incorrect "matches found" and "files searched" totals

v1.9.7 • May 14, 2010

  • Changed: Added an option to automatically toggle File and Folder name matching when the Query field is left blank
  • Changed: Pressing the "Enter" key while a search result item is selected will now open that result item (same as right-clicking on the item and selecting "Open")
  • Changed: Remembers the column widths of the search result list
  • Fixed: Window position is corrected when last position is off screen (when a monitor is disabled, for example)
  • Fixed: Filenames are now correctly matched when the file has no extension

v1.9.6 • April 12, 2010

  • Changed: Added a "Browse and Append" button for easily searching multiple paths
  • Changed: Results list now shows the file's icon
  • Fixed: Folder name matches using the "include files filter" now work correctly

v1.9.5 • April 7, 2010

  • Changed: Now shows the total search time after searching
  • Changed: Added an option to toggle sub-folder searching
  • Changed: Window now remembers it's position and state

v1.9.4 • February 28, 2010

  • Changed: The Windows Context Menu can now be shown for multiple selected result items, as long as they are in the same folder
  • Changed: Line numbers are no longer shown when using IFilter search (the numbers weren't correct with IFilter searches)
  • Fixed: OpenOffice documents can now be search using IFilters (for searching document content) without receiving the "Failed to load components" error

v1.9.3 • February 3, 2010

  • Changed: Moved the Filename/Folder Name match settings from the Settings window to the main search screen for quicker access

v1.9.2 • January 24, 2010

  • Changed: Added "Search Modes" to allow searches to be treated as [AND] or [OR] with space separated words
  • Changed: Added a "Show Filename matches" to the Settings window
  • Changed: Added a "View Settings for Popular Applications" in the Settings window to help people use the "Other Application" setting
  • Changed: You can now add FileSeek to the Windows Context Menus during the Setup
  • Fixed: Filename matches are only returned when the filename correctly matches the Query, not just the "Include Files" mask
  • Fixed: "Windows Explorer Context Menu" item is now correctly disabled when more than 1 search result is selected

v1.9.1 • January 6, 2010

  • Changed: Added a tab in the Settings window to show all of the installed IFilters
  • Changed: Added an option to hide file/folder access errors
  • Changed: Added an option to append selected folders to the Path list (for the multiple folder searching)
  • Changed: You can now search multiple folders by separating multiple paths with the | character (ex: C:\Test|D:\Files|F:\Stuff)
  • Fixed: Improved IFilter search performance for files that use the same IFilter handler
  • Fixed: Uninstallation now crrectly removes the Windows Context Menu entries

v1.9 • October 29, 2009

  • Changed: Added an option to use IFilters to search binary files

v1.8.3 • August 15, 2009

  • Fixed: Start/Stop buttons weren't being properly enabled/disabled when a search is in progress

v1.8.2 • August 13, 2009

  • Changed: Added an option to filter results by the last modified date
  • Changed: Renamed the "Regular expression query" option to "Process Query as a Regular Expression"
  • Changed: Filename matches now have a different icon than the file content matches
  • Changed: Double-clicking a result will now perform the default "Open", not "Open with Other Application"
  • Fixed: Sorting by the "Date Modified" column now works correctly
  • Fixed: Sorting by the "Line Number" column is now much faster
  • Fixed: Folder name matches now use the "Include" search pattern, as well as the "Query" text

v1.8.1 • July 17, 2009

  • Changed: Folder name matches are now displayed similar to filename matches (matched folder name in the "File" column, with the base path in the "Path" column
  • Changed: Folder name matches will only occur in the last part of the path, not the complete path (reduces false-positives)
  • Fixed: Folder names aren't incorrectly matched when the Query box is left blank
  • Fixed: File and Folder name matches both now use the "Regular expression query" setting

v1.8 • July 10, 2009

  • Changed: Added a "Date Modified" column to the results list
  • Changed: Added a "Copy" and "Select All" context menu to the results textbox
  • Changed: Added custom command line parameters for "open with other application" (to specify line numbers, etc)
  • Changed: "Open Containing Folder" now selects the file in the opened Explorer window
  • Changed: The results list now uses the native Explorer Windows visual style (Vista/Windows 7)
  • Changed: Double-clicking a result now opens the file in the user-configured editor, not the Windows default one
  • Changed: Now shows a "Search with FileSeek" when right-clicking a folder's background (Vista/Windows 7 only)
  • Changed: Added an option to show folder name matches
  • Fixed: Now only shows the "Successfully added context menu items..." when it works

v1.7.1 • March 11, 2009

  • Fixed: Resolved a default settings issue that was missed in the 1.7.0 release
  • Fixed: Resolved a regression that caused blank search queries to be saved incorrectly

v1.7 • March 10, 2009

  • Changed: Full Windows 7 support (Windows context menu settings... etc)
  • Changed: Added a "Windows Context Menu" option to the file result context menu
  • Changed: Double-clicking a search result item will open the file with the default file handler
  • Changed: Shows the current search path in the window caption bar
  • Changed: Removed the DisplayFusion banner ad in the settings window
  • Changed: Better update checker
  • Changed: Bottom status bar now shows the number of matches found / number of files searched
  • Changed: File result list items now show a tooltip with the full path
  • Changed: Now saves your search settings when starting the search, not when FileSeek is closed
  • Changed: The 4 search boxes now store a history of 10 items
  • Changed: The path box now auto-completes using a combination of the history and file system
  • Changed: "Current File" display now uses a middle ellipsis, instead of truncating the filename
  • Fixed: Now opens files correctly with 3rd party applications that require quoted command line parameters
  • Fixed: Some tab order issues have been fixed
  • Fixed: The "The specified path, file name, or both are too long" error has been fixed

v1.6 • November 9, 2008

  • Changed: Added an "Open with Other Application" context menu option for selected files
  • Changed: Added an "Open Containing Folder" context menu option for selected files
  • Changed: Added a "Case sensitive query" option
  • Changed: Now shows the folder that is currently being searched
  • Changed: Reworked the Settings window
  • Changed: Reworked the main window's top menu
  • Fixed: Context menu bug that always forced the included files value to be "*.*"
  • Fixed: Main window resizing issues

v1.5.1 • July 10, 2008

  • Changed: Now shows an error if the path to search doesn't exist
  • Changed: Status bar now says "x matches found" instead of "x lines found" (more accurate wording)
  • Fixed: Now properly finds files with no extension
  • Fixed: Issue with Windows Vista UAC (user account control) and adding the registry entries required for the context menus

v1.5 • June 24, 2008

  • Changed: Rebranded with new icons
  • Changed: Exclusion pattern is now applied to folders, as well as files
  • Changed: Returns filenames that match the pattern, not just file contents
  • Changed: Context menu item settings are now separate for files and folders
  • Changed: Context menu item settings are now checkboxes instead of huge buttons

v1.4 • June 1, 2008

  • Changed: Added a "Copy All Results" context menu item
  • Changed: Now checks for a valid RegEx pattern before searching (avoids matching errors later)
  • Fixed: Issue copying some result items to the clipboard
  • Fixed: Result highlighting not working sometimes

v1.3 • May 1, 2008

  • Changed: Search results columns are now sortable
  • Changed: The number of characters to show in the quick preview pane is now configurable
  • Changed: Added "Help > About" menu item to the top menu
  • Changed: Application and Installer will be signed from now on for full Windows Vista support
  • Added: Icons to all the menus for easier recognition
  • Fixed: Fixed some spelling mistakes
  • Fixed: The "Open" and "Open with Notepad" handlers sometimes not working

v1.2 • April 15, 2008

  • Added: Multiple file inclusions and exclusions using the | character to separate them
  • Changed: Revised about screen with new graphics and information
  • Fixed: Tab order issues
  • Fixed: Listbox flickering issue
  • Fixed: Stop button is now much more responsive

v1.1 • April 14, 2008

  • Added: Preview box at the bottom of the window for showing matched text
  • Added: Highlights matched words
  • Added: Regular Expression matching
  • Changed: Split the filename and path into 2 columns
  • Changed: Pressing enter in any box will now begin the search
  • Changed: The default font is now a fixed width font (Courier New)
  • Changed: New applications icons

v1.0 • October 11, 2007

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  • Search using Regular Expressions
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