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v2.42 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!
Version 2.01 brings new features for "offline" search as explained here: Offline catalog: Find files in disconnected external storage media
The new version 2.4 brings these two important features:

  • REFINE SEARCH: a new toolbar button next to START SEARCH lets you refine previous search results. It is like a local search, where instead of searching your hard disk, it just considers the previous search results available in the window, applying a new search filter on them. Old search results that don't match the new filter are removed.
  • BIGGER DIALOGS: easier to read and work with dialog boxes, for high DPI monitors.

This promotion includes the following:
DeskRule Lite v2.42 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v2.42 ($39.95)

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Stephen Kunkel Great app. Very powerful for searches.
Oct 3 2022 at 6:56am Copy Link
Nailesh User Deskrule Full with same discount?
Oct 4 2022 at 1:14am Copy Link
nikos bozinis yes, both are 50% off
zabkat - Oct 4 2022 at 1:33am Copy Link
UweS @Nailesh User
I Think so!
When you click on the "Get this deal" button, two options appear: Light Version (9,95) or Standard Version (19,97).
Oct 4 2022 at 1:39am Copy Link
Nailesh User Yes Thanks
Oct 4 2022 at 1:41am Copy Link
Gary User does it search email content stored in outlook desktop version?
Oct 4 2022 at 5:17am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @gary, no it just searches files (including MSG files if you have such emails)
zabkat - Oct 4 2022 at 5:34am Copy Link
M User I bought this tool here longer time ago and is a topper :)

One question though: how do I delete the search history? For example I entered 'decoration' in the 'Name' search field.
When I type 'de' ... 'decoration' appears in a pull-down list. How to delete this history?

As a second note, the Help menu (F1) still pops up Internet Explorer instead of a user's default browser (or Edge)?

Thanks in advance.
Oct 4 2022 at 8:24am Copy Link
nikos bozinis deskrule (usually) saves settings in the registry. So you need some registry editing to change such things as histories etc, while deskrule is NOT running. To get rid of IE for help delete the registry value binFlags under GENERAL key.
For more information see the section ADVANCED SETTINGS TWEAKING in the manual (F1 key)
zabkat - Oct 4 2022 at 9:06am Copy Link
Brenda Adams Support for this company's products is top-notch! I have purchased several in the past and have one more to buy in next days. Can't go wrong. Great service and products. (I have this software plus Xplorer2, and will soon buy D-clone!! :) So yeah, I recommend.
Oct 4 2022 at 12:13pm Copy Link
M User Thank you for the reply Nikos.

I would, however, like to make the suggestion that this 'intensive' process of clearing search history could be applied via a button ... it would make it a lot more user-friendly to see this, rather logical, feature pop up in an upcoming changelog ;)

Oct 4 2022 at 12:48pm Copy Link
Gary User I bought a license to DeskRule standard yesterday. I already have X1Search but X1 Search is changing its licensing to a per computer instead of a per user, so the next renewal date will double the cost of X1. However, searching files for content using just one word returned 24 files (Excel, Word, PDF, and Text) with X1 Search, but only 12 files (Excel and Word) with DeskRule. Desk Rule didn't find the pdf's or the text files, and missed 2 of the Excel files. The search was run after rebuilding the windows index.
Oct 5 2022 at 3:19am Copy Link
nikos bozinis @gary deskrule searches under a folder, so first of all are you sure that all the files found by X1 are under the same folder?
another possibility is that some of the files (folders) may not be in the system index. Deskrule has an option for secondary "slow" search, did you try it?
zabkat - Oct 5 2022 at 4:06am Copy Link
Gary User i searched the hard drive. The "slow search" found a few more files, including a pdf file, but it has been running for more than 30 minutes and hasn't found all the files that X1 found on the same hard drive.
Oct 5 2022 at 4:25am Copy Link
nikos bozinis X1 keeps its own index. Deskrule uses the windows system index, or its own slow search. To speed things up make sure you add all the folders where you keep documents in the search index
zabkat - Oct 5 2022 at 5:40am Copy Link
Gary User after a little over of 2 hours of searching DeskRule found the same files that X1 search found. So I'm happy that Desk Rule was eventually able to locate the same files as X1 but I'm disappointed in the amount of time it took.
Oct 5 2022 at 5:59am Copy Link
nikos bozinis if you go "slow" mode you need to choose your search folders wisely. You don't need to search your entire hard disk where e.g. a search inside "my documents" would suffice
zabkat - Oct 5 2022 at 9:08am Copy Link
Gary User if I knew where the files were located I probably wouldn't need to search at all. The purpose of a search app is to find files when I don't know the location.
Oct 5 2022 at 9:29am Copy Link
nikos bozinis most probably they won't be in C:\windows!
zabkat - Oct 5 2022 at 11:30pm Copy Link
Gary User most of my data is on a separate drive, it is not on the operating drive. I only index the data drive. I keep my files in subdirectories, but if file names and subdirectories were a perfect system, there would be no need for a search app to begin with. For example, the test search was for information related to an annual service performed on my vehicle. Both X1 search and DeskRule found pdf's, word docs, text files, and excel files related to that subject spread over numerous subdirectories, such as the banking subdirectories for the years the service was performed, the personal property subdirectory for the vehicle, the receipts subdirectories for the years payments were made, etc.
Oct 6 2022 at 7:12am Copy Link

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