Locate32 – Lightning Fast Desktop Search Tool for Your PC

Varun Kashyap 23-09-2008

 locate32 review If you want to search and locate files on your computer fast, and by fast I mean lightning fast, you must try Locate32.


Locate32 is a desktop seach tool that lets you search for files and folders on your hard drive and other locations with lightning speed. It uses databases to store information about directory structures and then utilizes them when you search for something. If this rings a bell and makes you think about Windows Desktop Search or Google Desktop, then you are not far wrong except that Locate32 is a lot faster and lighter.

Locate32 is portable – you just extract the package (zip or exe) and you are ready to go. Since it uses a database to search the files, make sure that you create the first time database before you search for files. This may take a few minutes depending on your storage capacity.

Once the database is ready you can type in your queries and get instant results. Locate32 also offers you a variety of options while searching to streamline your search:

You can specify the name, wildcards, extension or directory to look in :

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You can also specify the minimum or the maximum filesize criteria that the file must satisfy or you can specify the age of the file.

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If you really require the advanced stuff, head on over to the advanced tab and you can specify whether you want to search the file names, folder names or both. The type of file i.e. archives, sound files, image files, source files, text files, documents, executables or the plain old search by extension.

Last but not least you can also search the text within the files for a particular word or phrase (which is a little time consuming).


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Personally the results are so quick that I seldom specify any options. Just put in a substring that you remember to be in the file name, hit enter and boom the results are already there. If however you need a finely grained search than of course Locate32 provides you with all the options.

There are almost endless options for Locate32. I am going to leave it to you to check them out for yourself because there are simply so many of them. They range from search options to Windows menu integration to keyboard shortcuts to database update schedules.



Locate32 is one of those software apps that you must have on your computer. I highly recommend that you check it out and see if it fits your needs.

What software or features do you use for your searching needs? Would you make the switch to the very lightweight Locate32? Or have you been using the default Windows search or Google Desktop? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. jeff_walker
    September 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I recommend lookeen, because I have made very good experiences with this seach tool. First I used lookeen (it's an outlook plug in) just for it's superlative outlook search, but now, I use lookeens whole spectrum. I foud out, that is't also a very powerful desktop search...


    • Paulo de Oliveira
      March 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      not freeware

  2. vitali_y
    January 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Varun Kashyap, could you please review and blog about Stopka - Desktop search tool - it is seems much better then Locate32 - of caurse this is my point - cause I'm the author.

    • Paulo de Oliveira
      March 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      not freeware

  3. cakesale
    October 6, 2008 at 8:16 am

    i have recently come across a program called Search Everything, it is really fast...

    • Paulo de Oliveira
      March 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I gave up that one. It causes a very strong delay in boot

  4. Steven Jones
    September 25, 2008 at 7:19 am

    I have been using Google Desktop both at home and in work, however I found my low speced work laptop tended to respond slower when it is installed so I removed it. I may well give this product a go on here and see how well it prefroms.

    • Aibek
      September 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm

      Yep, Google Desktop uses lots of system resources, especially if it's confirgured to index huge file libraries on a regular basis.

  5. Varun Kashyap
    September 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Yes you can have separate databases, just go to Options > Settings > Databases and manage and create your databases from within here

  6. makeuseofReader
    September 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Can you have separate search databases by installing (ur extracting) the application on several locations on your pc? I want to have different search databases, and I don't want the results from one database appearing in the results of a query on a different database. For example, you may not want your email database searched when your querying your code db.