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.


  1. zepe

    I don’t think the free version is very good, at least not for me, since I mostly search in my data files and they’re not on the C drive.

  2. You may want to have a look at other freeware in this category then: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-search-alternative-tools

  3. Peter Oehler

    Hi zepe,

    Peter from Lookeen here. We absolutely agree with your comment, which is why we’re going to release an update to Lookeen Free which will address your issues.
    The update will allow Lookeen Free to index and search partitioned drives on C:, as well as further drives built into the operating PC and external USB drives connected to the PC.
    We’ll let you know when the update has been released!

  4. Eric Ebert

    Hi Anand and Zepe,
    As promised, we’ve released a new Lookeen free that will search all local drives, as well as, external USB drives. We’d like to thank you both for the feedback and for helping to make our product better! Eric Ebert -Lookeen Team-

  5. Awesome! Will update the post. Thank you.

  6. What i need is a search software that will let me catalog all my hd’s [i have dozens since we do post film and audio work]. then a client will ask for a file thats on a drive we havent used for a while, and the search software will tell us what drive that file was stored on.

  7. Siobhan O'Rorke

    Hi Ronnie,

    Apologies for the late response on this! Lookeen Free will let you index and search all external hard drives, as long as they each have a unique name.
    You can add external drives by going to ‘Options’ then the ‘Index’ tab. Click the ‘Add Store’ button to browse for your connected drive. Make sure you leave the drive plugged in while the index is being built.

    I hope this answered your questions! Again, sorry about the late answer.

    -Lookeen Team-

  8. Gator5000e

    Just found this as I am looking for a search program for Windows 10. Does Lookeen search email and attachments? Windows 7 used to search all, including emails and attachments and that is what i am looking for. Thanks, and sorry to call up this older thread.

  9. balconybar

    Hi there, this article is very helpful. May I just clarify if Lookeen free will search for content within files, or only files by name? I have no problem finding files but I would like to search for content within them. Thanks in advance

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