Advantages of Index Search
missing files using powerful tools, such as File Search Assistant (FSA), is
certainly convenient and fast. However, FSA has advanced features and
options for even more convenient searching. One of such options is creation
of search index. This is a faster way to look for missing files at specific
locations. For example, if a user often looks for documents located on a
flash drive or DVD (or any other location, such as shared folder located at
remote ftp) why not save all settings and choices? Indexing files in a
specified location as well as “fine-tuning” software is rather helpful in
effective search for files.
index search File Search Assistant will ask users to make choices, namely:
re-indexing. It is possible either to enable or disable dynamic
re-indexing. This feature is helpful if information in target location
is often changed. Thus, software will automatically update index if any
changed were made (new files showed up or some files were deleted).
dynamic re-indexing is recommended for searches in CDs.
Short and full
index. Index with full text of files requires more disc space while
short index contains only keywords. Also, short search index enables a
full index. Portable index has relative paths to files which is good if
these paths can change.
location. Users may choose where the index file will be located so that
this file can be easily accessed.
Users may specify locations of missing files. Moreover, it is possible
to choose subfolders for a more precise search.
extensions. This is the best part of indexing. Users may choose what
file types File Search Assistant should look for. This significantly
narrows down search results. For example, users may search for txt or
xml files only. Moreover, it is possible to exclude certain extensions
from search. This feature enables getting more precise search results.
reduces search time since there is no need to enter search details over and
over again. Although index files can be created only in PRO versions, it is
possible to use FSA freeware to open index files and search by index. It
should be mentioned that creation of index file is relatively easy even for
users without proper software experience. File Search Assistant offers tips
and a short outline for each option, thus it will be easy to make choices.