Powerful Time Saving Desktop Search Tool I Use

8 or 9 years ago I discovered the most powerful desktop search tool I have ever used. It was called X1.

X1 was so good that even Yahoo licensed the technology for a time so they could compete against Google’s now defunct desktop search tool, and in my opinion it blew Google away.

But here’s the problem:

After upgrading my laptops and desktop computers about 5 bazillion times in the last 9 years I sort of forgot about X1 and just how much time it could save me when I was searching through 10 years worth of emails, files and documents that had collected on my hard drives.

So for the last few years I’ve just been using the built in Windows Desktop search tool because “it was there”. And it sucks.

However, last week I spent so much time trying to locate a lost email in my archives that I finally said “screw this, there has to be a better way”.

And for some strange reason I thought to myself “Man, I wish X1 search was still around“.

Well guess what…

I did a quick search online and I found out that X1 search is still around. Not only is it still around, it’s even more powerful than ever.

So I downloaded the free trial and within seconds I found that darn email that I was digging around for.

Plus I used it to locate a document that I wrote a few years ago and had thought I had lost forever. I couldn’t find it with my built in desktop tools but X1 found it for me in seconds.

X1 is Lightning-Fast and includes a really cool preview window that saves you even more time, something most competitors don’t offer.

So if you are looking for an extremely powerful desktop search tool that will save you a ton of time and money (because after all, time is money) then you really should check outX1 Professional Client“.

They offer a fully functional free trial, no card required.

I’m not associated with the company in any way, shape or form.

I just thought you may enjoy using it to save as much time as I have.

Check it out:

X1 Professional Client


Jeff Johnson


Another good one that I tested out years ago (but haven’t recently) is Copernic Desktop Search

They have a completely free version that doesn’t look like it offers as much as X1, but then again, it’s free so there’s no harm in testing that one out for yourself as well.


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20 Responses to “Powerful Time Saving Desktop Search Tool I Use”

  1. Howard 09. Feb, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    CNet now loads up all of their “free” downloads with crapware. On this particular program, it tries to fool you into thinking that you have to accept the crapware in order to install the software you want.

    2nd time today I’ve had to go through the hassle of opting out of a crap-ton of crapware.

    CNet’s way of handling this is fundamentally dishonest.

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Feb, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      It can be a trade off sometimes but I trust Cnet to do a pretty good job of keeping the download file virus/malware free so given a choice between them and another site I’m not familiar with, I’ll take cnet. Now if the crapware is fundamentally malware that’s another issue altogether!

  2. Fred 10. Feb, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Jeff: Have you worked with Google Desktop? Everything from files to emails is indexed for instant search results.

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Feb, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Actually I did try it years ago and it wasn’t bad but at the time I still preferred x1.

      It’s still around but in 2011 Google announced that they would no longer provide it for “official” download and they would no longer offer updates and fixes for it.

  3. Aniel 10. Feb, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    On that recommendation, I will give it a whirl. I still use Google desktop search for a quick hunt. For heavy duty searching through the text of 50 books, I like dtSearch. It’s far from cheap, but they have a trial version.

  4. Jonathan Chase 10. Feb, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Or Just get a MAC. The spotlight search is faster and can find a single word in every document type on your system and network… awesome.

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Feb, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Thanks for the tip but I’m a windows guy…

      Even the Macs we own run windows full time 🙂

  5. Raymond 10. Feb, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Here’s another search tool that I use daily. It’s free. I call it Search Everything because it indexes my hard drive and lists the entire (not hidden) content.

  6. Linda Baumgarten 10. Feb, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    thanks Jeff!
    I will check it out.

    • Jeff Johnson 11. Feb, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      You are welcome!

  7. mike weiss 11. Feb, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    x1 is great. been using it for years. life saver. wish they had it for mac 🙂

    thanks Jeff

    • Jeff Johnson 11. Feb, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Mac, what’s a Mac 😉

  8. Cathryn Goodman 22. Feb, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Jeff;

    Thanks for the compliments to X1. I am on the Marketing side at X1 and very happy to hear your comments about X1 search. Compliments to you and your marketing style. I am a fan!

    • Jeff Johnson 22. Feb, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks for producing such a useful tool!

  9. John 22. Apr, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Jeff, there’s a brand new desktop search that just came out I’ve been using now for a few weeks and it puts both X1 and google to shame. Go check it out: http://www.grappledata.com/aikin
    This thing is wicked smart and extremely fast.

    • Jeff Johnson 23. Apr, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks, I’m all set with x1 but I’m sure others will appreciate some other options.

      • John 02. May, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        I recommend at least trying it. Its not just that the search is better. In their words it’s “artificially intelligent” and “proactive” in finding associated information and generating relevant queries. It also lets you view the context of things in ways you can’t with other search engines and move items around and composite them in useful ways.

  10. Roger Young 26. May, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Jeff

    I got really fed up with Windows Search and found a program called Locate32 – it has an x64 version as well as the 32 bit despite the name- here is the link:-
    You do need to update the database manually but it is blisteringly fast in action.


    • Jeff Johnson 26. May, 2013 at 5:50 pm #


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