How do I search for a file on my computer?

To search for files on your computer using Copernic Desktop Search, press CTRL twice and the interface will pop-up.

copernic desktop search interface

In the interface that opens up, you will see the search bar at the top, and the search results window in the top part of the screen with a preview pane at the bottom. You can start typing any keywords in the search bar and search results will start to appear. If you know the type of file you are searching for, then use the Files Tab to refine your search. You can even refine even more using the File Type criteria inside the Files Tab. Then, you can browse the search results and preview them without having to open the native application.

copernic desktop search file search

By selecting a file in the search result list, you will automatically see a preview in the preview pane. You can enter a new keyword to find it in that specific file with the “Find” feature.

copernic desktop search find

Looking for a file on a network drive or external hard drive, you will need the full version. Also, you need to add the source you are looking for in the Copernic Desktop Search configuration. You need to go to Tools > Options > Files. Click “Add” and select your external source. From now on, its content will be indexed by Copernic Deskotp Search including subfolders.

copernic desktop search file

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CDS 4 – Validation issues

Many of you are encountering a validation error when entering your serial in version 4. Here are some details:

  • For version 4, the format of our serial numbers has changed. It is now composed of letters & numbers only and it send to you in the following format (xxx-xxx…)
  • When trying to validate your serial number, you may encounter an unknown error. Please try again later, we are experiencing unusual load and are working to improve our services.
  • If you are behind a Proxy or in a corporate environment, you probably won’t be able to activate the new version. Corporate features will be implemented in a future update, around the end of 2013.

If you experience any issues, please contact us using the Support page.

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Search WordPerfect® documents

Are you trying to search for content within a WordPerfect® document?

The answer is probably yes but you could not find a solution except a strong document architecture. Most desktop search engine will only index WordPerfect® file name and not their content. With Copernic Desktop Search, WordPerfect® documents (WPD, WPF, WP) and their contents are searchable.

The search engine behind Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 does not search WordPerfect® files. Therefore, most users are having a hard time finding the right document to accomplish their work tasks. Copernic Desktop Search allows you to save time by finding the document instantly. CDS also spares you the time you spend filing your WordPerfect® files as there were no solution to find your documents except a tidy document structure.

Have you downloaded the 30-day trial?

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How do you organise your information?

Most users have some sort of filing system; however your structure will get bigger with files in multiple locations, which can become hard to navigate. You need to remember where the file is located. From time to time, you will ask yourself where to save the document. When you decide to organize your computer, it all makes sense now, but will it make sense further down the road? Probably not!

So, you will start to look for a solution that helps you find that information. Basic search tool offered on Windows PCs have to go through every file every time a query is launched. That’s why there are several search engines available for your desktop. Most of them will have to build an index of the contents of your hard drive and it usually takes several hours.

With the use of a Desktop Search, you may ask yourself, why should I organize my computer now? By knowing where a file could be located, you can help the desktop search refine the search and find the document faster. There is still a need for you to have a basic structure to classify your documents.

How do you find your information?

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