Lookeen Free Review: Fast alternative to Windows Search

Lookeen Free is now available as a free download for Windows users. The powerful Windows desktop search alternative allows users to optimize search speed and find local files on a Windows PC by indexing contents on the drive, before it returns search results.

Lookeen Free review

Lookeen Free review

The indexing activity consumes a bit of time, since it depends on factors such as the number and size of files or the speed of the drive itself. The good news is that the free version uses the same technology as the paid version of Lookeen. However, the core difference between the paid and free versions is the limitation to being able to perform searches on the C Drive only, in the case of the Free version.

The installation process is pretty straightforward. The first thing you should do after launching the freeware is to select Index > Start to start the indexing process. To launch Lookeen Free, simply click the icon in the system tray.

Lookeen Free indexes contents automatically in a few minutes of time. The Search results are updated in real-time as the contents get indexed. The results are then displayed automatically, as you type and direct matches are highlighted in the results listing.

Results index

The program distinguishes between indexing contents of select file types and indexing files. The major advantage of indexing content is that the files are included in the search results automatically and quickly. Among supported files, you can locate DOC, TXT, DOCX, XLSX and PDF files. Besides these, one can also find HTML or PHP pages.

Lookeen emerges as comprehensive desktop search tool for your complete system, as you can index your personal folders and documents. The freeware doles out plenty of filter options as well, for narrowing down your search options.

You can download from its  home page. Remember – the free version of Lookeen searches data only on the C: drive.

UPDATE: The new Lookeen Free will search all local drives, as well as external USB drives.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.