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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!
Version 2.01 brings new features for "offline" search as explained here: Offline catalog: Find files in disconnected external storage media
The new version 2.3 brings these two important features:

  • MOUSE PEEK PREVIEW: Press both left+right mouse buttons together to see a large preview of the item under the cursor. Then let go of the mouse keys and the preview will go away!
  • VERTICAL SEARCH BARS: New program option docks search toolbars vertically on the left side (instead of top).

This promotion includes the following:
DeskRule Lite v2.3 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v2.3 ($39.95)

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Larry W Hello,
The Detailed Comparison Chart on your website compares the versions named LITE and FULL. Is the FULL what's called STANDARD now?

Apr 6 at 4:27am Copy Link
nikos bozinis full==standard
zabkat - Apr 7 at 7:57am Copy Link
HJ User 1. Is there a manual in pdf format? I know that there is a kind of reference list in the help menu.

2. Am I correct that the only way the program permits export or printing of search results is by highlighting the search results, then copying them (using control P??), and then pasting into some other text application?

3. Can this program be used to search for meta data in pdfs?

4. There does not seem to be a built in global search option, e.g. "give me all files that contain the word 'Obama'". regardless of date. If the date field is left blank, it only seems to return files with a modification date of the current year.
Apr 8 at 2:22am Copy Link
Emmanuel User When I click buy, it shows me the full price. Is there any code to enter?
Apr 8 at 2:28am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @Emmanuel, please try a different browser if you have, even IE should do
zabkat - Apr 8 at 2:38am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @HJ
1. the manual is in HTML format (press F1 to see it)
2. yes, use CTRL+P to export as text

3. if you have a PDF handler then yes. For example try this one

4. If you leave a search field empty, then it is not used. But note that if you leave the FOLDER (searched) field empty then it searches in "my documents", not everywhere. To search everywhere right click on "my computer"
zabkat - Apr 8 at 2:43am Copy Link
kydara I've been looking for a good desktop search engine for a long time. Definitely giving this one a shot. Purchased full/standard version.
Apr 8 at 7:57am Copy Link
Thomas K In the fineprint it states "Upgrades to future versions of the software will require additional payment." is this refering to the next major release (3.*) or will I have to renew my licence already for future 2.* versions (e.g. 2.4)
Apr 8 at 9:47am Copy Link
nikos bozinis at present there are no charges for upgrades
zabkat - Apr 8 at 10:11am Copy Link
Mitchell User I have a license for Xplorer2 Professional. What additional search capabilities are included in DeskRule Lite. In other words does Xplorer search on all file attributes?
Apr 8 at 11:00am Copy Link
nikos bozinis if you have xplorer2 professional (not ultimate) then deskrule will find files faster for you. It uses all file attributes. Also it has some unique search modes, e.g. search in disconnected hard discs (catalog), search pictures by map etc
zabkat - Apr 8 at 11:08am Copy Link
kydara Hmmmmm I've been looking for a good Windows Explorer replacement too...hit any BitsDuJour deals coming up on it??? ??
Apr 8 at 11:20am Copy Link
RS What are the differences (in terms of search capabilities) between xplorer2 Ultimate and Deskrule Standard? Is the latter essentially incorporated into the former?
Apr 8 at 11:21am Copy Link
Richard Blake Adding to question from RS: I have a DeskRule license. If xplorer2 is a superset, may I purchase an upgrade license to xplorer2?
Apr 8 at 11:24am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @RS, deskrule & x2 ultimate have similar capabilities, but deskrule is purpose built for search, so the GUI is easier IMHO. Also it has some unique search modes, e.g. search in disconnected hard discs (catalog), search pictures by map etc
zabkat - Apr 8 at 9:29pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis @Richard Blake this offer is for deskrule. There are discounts available for xplorer2 if your license is recent, see
zabkat - Apr 8 at 9:30pm Copy Link
Mitchell User I purchased the license; received the registration key; was promised I could enter it in nag screen field which was supposed to pop up when the program started. But nag screen does not pop up. Restarted the computer; started the program again but nag screen does not pop up. Clicked on Help. No field in which to insert registration key. Clicked on About. Nothing.

Cannot register the program.
Apr 9 at 2:36am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @mitchell, please read carefully the email with your unlock key, deskrule will ask for your key in a day or two
zabkat - Apr 9 at 3:37am Copy Link
Pierre English Hi is there a special download link to download the Full version. Looks like it's the Lite version that get's installed.

Apr 9 at 8:00am Copy Link
nikos bozinis you can get the full version trial from here:
zabkat - Apr 9 at 8:21am Copy Link
Mitchell User I added one external USB drive to the catalog. It is always connected to the computer. Will the catalog automatically update changes to the USB drive? If not how do I update the catalog to reflect changes to that drive?.

The text identifications to the input boxes---e.g., "Type"---disappear. How do I get them to reappear?

I have difficulty seeing the toolbar. I assume there is no way for me to increase the size of the toolbar from within the program
Apr 9 at 8:45am Copy Link
nikos bozinis please use the support email because I need to get some screenshots explaining the problems you report.
zabkat - Apr 9 at 9:35am Copy Link
Dave User Tested the DeskRule v.2.3 a couple of days ago -- bought a license shortly thereafter. The program works remarkably well. I was surprised at its speed and the fact it searches my flash drives which the others I used did not.

Very pleased with the purchase.
Apr 9 at 11:50am Copy Link

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