Fast & Reliable desktop search using rich file attributes

Why search only by name when there are 300+ file properties available?
  • Find top Rated pictures
  • Find audio tracks by Artist (ID3 tags)
  • Locate PDF/Office documents by Tags, Author or contained keywords
  • Find photos shot in Australia (GPS)
  • Find photos of your kids (People)
  • Find DLLs installed by Microsoft (Company)
  • ... and regular search by Name/Content if you wish!
DeskRule complements and extends Windows Search. If your file is there it will be found. Download the free trial today and see for yourself the amazing possibilities.

Current version:
Platform: Windows 7,8,10,11


Cost per user: $39.95
Too expensive? Try the lite edition

Powerful search that won't tax your brain

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1. simple search with document preview   2. Search for keywords and highlight hits in preview   3. find recent pictures with thumbnails   4. find photos using geotags and a map   5. advanced boolean search panel   6. desktop detective panel finding long filenames   7. dark mode for main UI   8. vertical search toolbars   9. simple mode (find filenames as you type)


Better everyday desktop search

Search everywhere
Wherever you have files DeskRule can locate them. Search your hard disk, external drives, network, but also in mobile phones and cameras, zipfolders, FTP, OneDrive (cloud) and all the other virtual shell folders
Fast and reliable search demo video: search for text and symbols quickly
DeskRule will query your windows search (WDS) index and MFT to find your files quickly. Where WDS suffers DeskRule will switch to a backup search mode to deliver the search results.
Rich file properties
~300 unique system properties are available to be used as search parameters, both simple (name, date modified, file contents) and more advanced like Rating, Tags, Authors, even GPS.Longitude
Powerful search expressions
Search rules are individually powerful supporting wildcards and regular expressions, and can be combined in complex search statements (boolean algebra) to help you find files with pin-point accuracy
Automatic preview
All search criteria are shown as details (columns) to help you understand the results. Most popular document types (Office, PDF, media, images) can be previewed like in windows explorer
Shell integrated
Browse search results in a pane identical to windows explorer, supporting drag-drop, shell context menu, thumbnails, content filters (IFilter) and other plugins. Legacy shell column handlers are supported
Tiny resource footprint
Deskrule uses very few system resources. It doesn't maintain separate search indices — it connects to your system's WDS (Windows Search) index.
Customize searches demo video: customization features
Managing 300 system properties isn't an easy task but you can save search rule layouts and even search criteria for any searches you repeat frequently.
Easy to use
There are 4 search modes, ranging from dead easy to super advanced. You can choose ease of use or aim for finer search control. The GUI is spartan and keyboard friendly.
new Offline catalog search demo video: catalog external storage media
Catalog once then find & preview documents, pictures, movies on external devices (USB disks, DVDs, CDs) while disconnected. Locate your files offline and discover where you have them stored.
Work with search results
Manage files inside the search results pane. Open, preview, rename, filter and select, delete, copy, export information as text. Open items' containing folder for further file management.
Help and support
Make the most of the program following the on-board demo videos, context-sensitive explanations and detailed documentation. Or just contact the support team, we're always here for you.

Are you using some other desktop search program? Check out this comparison table — you may be missing out on essential/unique search functions:

Everything Filelocator
X1 Search   Copernic     DeskRule   xplorer²
  ■ Find text in documents (PDF/DOC/TXT) Slow
  ■ Find all file types
  ■ Search file attributes/properties Indexed only (167) Few Size/date only   Some (50) Few (20) Full (300) Full
  ■ Advanced boolean searches 1-level
  ■ Regular expression support
  ■ Maintains separate search index (performance hit)
  ■ Instant search (as you type)
  ■ Preview search results
  ■ Search virtual folders (non-filesystem) .zip
  ■ Find photos by map location using geotags
  ■ Compare file attributes (detective mode)
  ■ Find documents in deep folders (path >260 letters)
  ■ Catalog search in disconnected external storage

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