New user guide

Run the setup file, and after several clicks on the "Next" button, TextSeek will be installed on your machine.


On the first-time launch, you will go into the TextSeek wizard pages.

1. Select display language.





2. Set the zone (zone means search scope, which includes the folders and file types to be searched). Here, TextSeek intelligently sets a default zone for you. If you want to change the zone, click "Edit" (click here to see more). To confirm the zone, click "Next".





3. Scan the zone (which you set up in the last step) to gather file content. After several minutes, the "Finish" button will become clickable. Click it to end wizard pages.





After wizard pages or common launch pages, TextSeek’s main interface will be shown like below:





TextSeek provides two modes to search: Zone mode and Easy mode. You can switch the mode by clicking the tab button in the top right.


Zone mode is used for searching fixed common folders and is suitable for long-term usage. In this mode, the documents in the zones will be scanned in advance, so the search will be quick, and all the search results will be complete.
Easy mode is used for out-of-zone folders or frequently-changed search scope. This is the temporary usage mode. In this mode, the documents are not scanned until you click the search button, so the search is slower; and it will show the search results as soon as a new result is found. The searching will proceed until you click the stop button or all the documents in the target folder have been scanned.


Let's introduce zone mode first. On top of the main interface, there is a big search box. Just key in search terms (words separated by spaces) and click "Search" (or press "Enter"), and search results will be shown:


All the search results are on the left side. You can single-click a result link to show a document preview on the right side or double-click a result link to open the document. If you right-click a result link you can have more operations for the document. There are four buttons on the top right preview panel, which are used for "Open file", "Open folder", "Last hit", and "Next hit", respectively.


TextSeek performs a character-by-character search, so you can search "market" to match "Euromarketing" or "supermarket". If you want to search by whole word, just select "match whole word". Also, you can choose one zone to define the search scope. If you want to change the search scope, click the "Zone editor" button (beside the zone combo-button) to open Zone editor (click here to see more).



Switch to easy mode by clicking the "Easy mode" tab, and you can see the search style become green. In Easy mode, you can only search within one folder. After setting the extension and target folder, click “Search” to start. Searching in Easy mode will be longer, but the result will be shown below as soon as a new result is found. If you think the search results are enough, click the round green button to stop searching.





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