FreeCommander is my Windows Explorer replacement of choice, however it’s search feature is pretty basic. It pails in comparison to the free Agent Ransack which is fast, simple, and most importantly, lets you view snippets of the file contents in which a search term was found without having to open the file itself. Luckily, it is easy to replace FreeCommander’s built-in search feature with Agent Ransack instead:
- Install Agent Ransack.
- In FreeCommander, go to Extras->Favorite Tools->Edit
- Click the blue drop-down triangle next to the ‘Program’ field and seek to ‘C:Program Files (x86)MythicsoftAgent RansackAgentRansack.exe’
- Set the ‘Parameter’ field to ‘-d “%ActivDir%”‘ (without the single quotes, but including the double quotes around %ActiveDir% to ensure it works when there are spaces in the current directory path).
- Optionally set the icon by selecting AgentRansack.exe from the installation location.
- Select ‘Maximized’.
- Most importantly, set the HotKey to something and choose ‘global hotkey’.
Now you can press the defined hotkey (I use Ctrl+0) to launch Agent Ransack in the active folder, ready to search.