gbSearchSimple is a very minimal-GUI search utility which supports only the three most commonly used search actions. By limiting the search options, gbSearchSimple avoids the complexity of other, feature-laden applications. The three supported searches are:

  1. Find any folder whose name contains a specified string
  2. Find any file whose name contains a specified string
  3. Find any text file which contains a specified string

From a user-selected starting folder, gbSearchSimple generates a list of all subfolders. It then generates a second list, which contains either the list of matching folders or the list of matching files. Searches are case insensitive.

Any listed folder or file may be opened by double-clicking on the folder/file name.

Consistent with its minimal theme, gbSearchSimple does not support Boolean searches, search string wildcards, case sensitive searches, date/size search criteria or line numbers. If you want these features, try out my more powerful search tools - gbSearch and gbSearchLite

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The next image shows the main screen of gbSearchSimple.

Key Features List

Key features of gbSearchSimple include:

Using gbSearchSimple

To use gbSearchSimple, just specify a search string and a start folder, then press the toolbar Search button. Search results include a list of all subfolders and a separate list of those subfolders whose names contain the search string. You can also search within the folder list from the most recent search.

A starting folder selection dialog is available from the toolbar. Or, the starting folder may be entered manually.

The 5 most recent search strings and starting folders are displayed. Double-click any of the history items to place the item in current search controls.

That's it!


The gbSearchSimple interface includes the following toolbar.

    The following options are available from the toolbar.

Context Menus

Two different context menus are supported.

TextBox Controls
The Search String and Start Folder controls are textboxes. They each offer the standard cut/copy/paste/delete content menus.

ListView Controls
The All Folders and Matching Folders controls are listboxes. They each offer the following context menu:

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following key combinations are available to the user to access gbThreads features:

Other Comments

Miscellaneous information is provided in this section.

INI File
gbSearchSimple application settings are saved in an INI file, kept in the same folder as the gbSearchSimple application.

Comments and suggestions are welcome!