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Search Shared Files Over Network With LAN Search Pro

LAN Search Pro offers the ability to search shared files and folders over a network in Windows.

I know these days it has become more common for people to add network storage to their home networks in order to share music, videos, and documents with each other easily without having to take up a lot of space on each personal computer. If you have an abundance of information on one these network devices finding where a file is residing could be a very hectic task. In corporate environments with a large scale network, users tend to use a tool which can significantly mitigate the time and effort involved in searching required files available over the network. If you are having a hard time finding required types of files in network shared folders, maybe it is time to give LAN Search Pro a try. It is an ingeniously simple yet powerful tool to find shared files with a capacity of filtering the network locations.  Despite being efficient in searching files from shared locations, it offers password management to apply different types of constraints in accessing files from confidential remote locations.

In order to run LAN Search Pro for the first time you must add network locations into the program. To define network locations to search, click ‘Options’ from ‘Edit’ menu. Now move to ‘Net Search’ to add all the clients system by either entering respective names or IPs. Here, you can also apply filters by using regular expressions and exclude systems from search process. Once you have completed this,  move to the Hidden folders tab to either include only common, only hidden folders or both folders in search results. Furthermore, from the Folders tab, choose folders which are to be included or excluded. Once you’re done setting up search configurations, click ‘OK’ to head back to the main screen.

You can now provide LAN Search Pro with search keywords to begin the searching process. You can either search for file by type, extension, or entering complete name. The search results will be displayed with full path, size of file, attributes, and date and time stamps in main window. To copy, rename, move, delete and open source location of file, just right-click the item and select the required option.

LAN Search Pro also allows you to save your search results in HTML, XML. and CSV format, map and unmap network drives, find files in search results, and bring up Password Management to protect special network locations. It’s hard to believe this program is being offered for free!

LAN Search Pro works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported. Amazingly enough it is also FREE!


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