How to Find Files by Type with ‘Everything’

This guide contains instructions on how to use voidtools’ Everything to find all files of specific type on Windows OS (Operating System). While the following instructions were recorded on Windows 10, the steps are applicable to any version of Windows from Windows XP onwards. To be able to follow along, you must have basic familiarity with Windows.

What is Everything?

Why Use Everything?

Downloading and Installing Everything

  • System Type (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Installer or Portable Zip versions

You can find your System Type under your System Information. If you are not sure, don’t choose 64-bit as that version will not work on a 32-bit Operating System.
The Installer is the recommended way of installation. You can use the Portable Zip version if you don’t wish to modify Windows or plan to run Everything from a USB drive.
For more on installation, please access: https://www.voidtools.com/support/everything/installing_everything/

Running Everything for First Time

Search menu and its filters
Search menu and its filters
Dialog box requesting Admin action

For this guide, we’ll Run as Administrator but if you plan to use Everything frequently, you may want to opt for installing the Everything Service. The Everything Service will run quietly in the background and update the index when it detects file and folder changes. Once you make your selection, it will build the index for the first time. It will take about a minute or so; you can confirm the status by looking at the bottom left of the Everything window. Once it’s done, it will report the number of entries in the index. As you will see, your computer has thousands of files and folders!

Finding all Files of a Specific Type

  • Audio
  • Compressed
  • Document
  • Executable
  • Folder
  • Picture
  • Video
List of results in Everything
List of results in Everything
Search menu and its filters

To use these, click on the Search menu and click on the filter of your choice. Based on your choice, you’ll see files of that type.
You may need to get more granular; for example, you may want to find only your Word documents or only your PNG image files. For this scenario, you need to perform a search query of the file extension for that type of file. Since the name of the file also contains its extension, you can search the index by file extensions as well!
To do this, after you’ve selected your default filter, click on the first input box and type your desired file extension. In the image below, the filter is set to Document (see bottom right) and the search query is “.doc” which is the file extension for Word documents.

List of results in Everything

If you don’t see any results, ensure you have the correct filter setup. Searching for “.png” with an active Documents filter will not yield any results. This is because PNG files are considered as Pictures and not Documents. If necessary, select the Everything filter first, perform the query and then pick your desired filter.

Conclusion

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