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Search and Find Files Faster

v1.5.5.0 for PC  Download Trial
Platforms: Windows Vista or later
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Do you still search for files in your computer using only file names? The end result is always the same – a bunch of files with similar or the same name, and you have to open each one to find the right one. Step up your game with today’s discount software promotion, DeskRule!

DeskRule lets you search and filter files using over 300 file properties, making finding the right item exceptionally easy. With DeskRule, you’ll be able to leverage the flexibility of file attributes to quickly find files by Artist, Author, Tags, Keywords, GPS location, and more!

Search using DeskRule isn’t limited to just your computer. In fact, you can use DeskRule to search mobile phones, cameras, ZIP archives, and virtual folders. You can even use wildcards and regular expressions, combined with Boolean search, to perform amazingly complex searches that deliver results!

Until recently, using DeskRule, you could only find files in the conventional way, say find documents modified in the last month or pictures with 4 stars rating and above. But what if you wanted to check file properties against each other? E.g. find files whose Modification date is older than their Creation date? Now you can do just that with the unique desktop detective search mode.
No doubt this is an impressive search capability, but whom is it for? Unless you are working as a forensic investigator for the FBI, why would anyone need such functionality? Arguably this kind of power isn't for everyday searches, but it could prove useful in many situations that you need to combine file attributes and check their relationship. Here are a few examples off the top of my head:

  • Find photos that were edited since shot:
  • $System.DateModified > $System.Photo.DateTaken + 1
  • Find photos shot at non-standard aspect ratio:
  • $System.Image.VerticalSize / $System.Image.HorizontalSize != 4/3
  • Find files with substantial hidden parallel streams (fishy?)
  • $System.Size + 5KB < $Stock.TotalFileSize"

Please note folks: you can now search your photos using a map, please click here to read more about this.
Trying to decide which version of DeskRule (Lite, Standard) is right for you? Check out the feature comparison matrix and make an informed decision!

This promotion includes the following:
DeskRule Lite v1.5.5.0 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v1.5.5.0 ($39.95)
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PortablesFan Sounds useful, and it looks like this software has a portable mode! :-)

I'm hoping to get this one when it goes on sale; thanks to the dev for 1) including portable functionality, and 2) doing a BdJ promotion!
Oct 16 2017 at 8:30am Copy Link
DH007 Do I still need to wait at least 24 hours before I can insert a key?
Oct 17 2017 at 6:26am Copy Link
nikos bozinis you don't need to wait. If you want to use your key immediately start deskrule using /D command line switch. Make sure you fully quit deskrule first with ALT+X and you run deskrule elevated. All and all it's much simpler to let deskrule ask for your key :)
zabkat - Oct 18 2017 at 12:26am Copy Link
MSWallack When I try to purchase this, the website shows the regular price, not the discounted price.
Oct 18 2017 at 7:08am Copy Link
nikos bozinis do you have another browser to try? I see orders coming in so there isn't a generic problem for everybody
zabkat - Oct 18 2017 at 8:13am Copy Link
PortablesFan In the Fine Print here I read, "Upgrades to future versions of the software will require additional payment. Installing a new version may overwrite the existing version and invalidate your license key. Support is provided up to when the next major version is released." (The first part sounds more like a "giveaway" license policy...)

However, on your website FAQ (, it says "What is the upgrade policy for DeskRule?
At present there's no decision either way; upgrades may be free or there may have to be paid for. When you purchase DeskRule you are guaranteed to receive free updates and support for at least a year."

What upgrade/support policy ACTUALLY governs today's deal?
Thank you!
Oct 18 2017 at 9:55am Copy Link
Ed Dupuis Great question. Just what IS the upgrade policy?
Oct 18 2017 at 2:48pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis as the FAQ says, there is no upgrade policy. You may or may not need to pay again. You get guaranteed upgrades for a year. I would concentrate on whether you like what the program does NOW and base your decision on that
zabkat - Oct 18 2017 at 9:58pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis like the FAQ says, there is no upgrade policy as of yet, other than you get free upgrades for a year. You may need to pay for future upgrades. However I should base my decision on whether you like Deskrule for what it does NOW and worry about upgrades later.
zabkat - Oct 18 2017 at 10:00pm Copy Link
PortablesFan "concentrate on...what the program does NOW..."
^ Absolutely agree, for this software and any other.
I was (we were?) just wanting to make sure that this BdJ license was "in the same boat," so to speak, as a normal license bought directly from your site.
Tried it last night and getting it now; thanks!
Oct 18 2017 at 11:38pm Copy Link
Caveman I totally recommend this software and Nikos is always ready to help you. Same applies for Xplorer2.
Oct 19 2017 at 4:23am Copy Link
Mark Lynam Hi there,
I'm adding on to Caveman's recommendation.... I've bought Nikos' software without the discount (xplorer2 & deskrule) and would do it again. For half-off, give it a whirl.
Oct 19 2017 at 6:34am Copy Link
Allan User The purchasing links don't give you the BDJ discount.
Why not?
Oct 19 2017 at 7:29am Copy Link
nikos bozinis Allan, please try a different browser if you have it, and it should work
zabkat - Oct 19 2017 at 8:49am Copy Link
HJ B Nothing beats the application called "Everything" for searches based on file name or various properties.

I purchased the "standard" version of this program, "DeskRule", becaue it does a pretty good job of enabling search of content, I have yet to explore that various options it provides.

I used the program for a while yesterday on the trial basis, before purchasing.

I found peculiar, however, the program registration process. After purchase, you get an email that provides a registration key and a registration reference.

I went to the program to enter the registration key, but I could find nonr of the typical menu items or buttons that start the registration/activation process. I went back to the developer's email, and found the following sentence: "To use it, first copy out the key text above (e.g. using ), then start DeskRule and in the opening screen click on the button I HAVE AN UNLOCK KEY, then follow the instructions. If you can't see this opening screen, please wait one day, DeskRule won't nag you on the very first day!"

So, today, I restarted the program, but no Unlock Key Button appeared. I will wait a few more days to be nagged. It is strange as are some of the other aspects to the interface..

The documentation is in the form of a webpage. It is unfortunate that this develop[er and many others fail to put their documentation in the form of a pdf.
Oct 19 2017 at 10:05am Copy Link
geo User Does anyone know if Desk Rule can search in .vhd files?
How does the Lite version compares with the search capabilities in Xplorer2?

Thanks everyone!
Oct 19 2017 at 3:32pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis you can mount a VHD as a drive letter then deskrule will search in it, see
zabkat - Oct 19 2017 at 9:55pm Copy Link
Robert Crombie My main PC (with masses of files) is XP.
This does not cater for XP
Oct 20 2017 at 1:52am Copy Link
nikos bozinis sorry deskrule is for vista and later. If you need a good search engine for XP and older platforms see our xplorer2 (
zabkat - Oct 20 2017 at 3:28am Copy Link
Sandy User I think it's a bit of bait and switch marketing. It indicates AT THE TOP that the price is $19.95 - plain as day for DeskRule. But if you try to buy it, that turns out to be the price for the Lite version, which isn't what this webpage says (at the top), though at the bottom of this page in smaller (but bold) print there is an admission of the two version and two prices.

But then even if you click to buy the Lite version, the price comes up at $39.95.

On top of that my current version is called Desktop (search) Rulez. This one is called DeskRule. I have no certain confidence that they are the same product. Maybe they are, maybe they are not. But there is no clarity, for me. Certainly not the same name. They are both Zabkat. When did the name change?

I was going to buy a couple licenses for my kids. Does anyone know if this is even the same product?
Oct 25 2017 at 1:35am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @Sandy User, the prices are different because the sale is over. What you see now are the regular prices. As for the program, yes it is the same, that's what it normally says in the titlebar. If you need a (small) discount you can contact me and we can work something out:
zabkat - Oct 25 2017 at 1:47am Copy Link

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