Basic settings & customizing the screens

  • Transcript

    Find it EZ is fast and simple to configure.  This demo will demonstrate how to:

    • quickly add Projects using the Project Manager
    • edit a Project’s Settings
    • switch between Projects
    • choose which sources to scan, and
    • change the User Options.

    Projects contain the settings used for a search.  Using Projects gives you the ability to quickly search different directories, languages, databases, and reports.  You may add a new Project either by using the Search Assistant, or by using Manage Projects.  Click Projects, click Manage Projects, then click Add.  In the resulting text box, enter a name for the new Project, and click OK.

    To edit your new Project’s settings, click Edit.  In the Folder and File Settings tab, you may add as many directories as you wish to search by clicking Add under the Search Path(s) field.  You may add directories by either using the folder browser, or by typing in the directory path.  You may also choose whether or not to recursively search all sub-directories, and whether to explicitly include or exclude the directory contents in each search.

    To add any filters for files you wish to exclude, click Add under the Exclude File(s) field.  Fully qualified filenames or wildcard patterns may be used.

    Click on any of the listed Programming Languages to modify the file extensions to be included in a syntax aware search.  You may also set your preferred application to instantly edit or view results in full context. 

    To add a custom file extension to a programming language’s settings, click Add under the File Extensions Searched field.  Enter the file extension to be searched, and click OK.  To change the editor or IDE which opens this type of language file, click one of Find it EZ Code Viewer, Windows default editor, or Selected Application.

    To search an Access database, click on Access under Databases. Note the alert prompting for required information.  You may disable this hint by checking "Do not show this message again".  Enter the path and file name of the Microsoft Access database file, and its password, if one exists.  Click Test Connection to verify that the provided information is correct.  You can select what database information you wish to search by checking options in the Search section.  You may also select your preferred editor for opening search results.

    To add any other of type of database, such as SQL Server, click on the database type under Databases.  Add the Service or Instance, Port Number if it is non-standard, the username and password of a user with read access, and the name of the Database to search.  If known, you may enter the database name directly, or select it from a list by opening the database browser.   Click Test Connection to verify that the credentials you have provided are correct.  Select what type of database information you wish to search and note that for all databases, you can also improve search times and reduce false positives by choosing subsets of objects to search.

    For example, to limit which tables to search for data, click the Data tab, click Refresh, and select which of the Available Tables you wish to search, or alternatively, type the name of the table you wish to add in the Filter text-box, adding an asterisk for any wildcard pattern matches.

    The Active Project is the project whose settings are currently being used to complete searches.  Setting which Project is active is simple.  Within Manage Projects, highlight the project you wish to make active by clicking it, and click Set Active.  Alternatively, click Projects, and select the Project you wish to make active from the list.

    Before you search, you must choose which sources to scan.  Under Scan Sources, select all the sources you wish to scan at this point.  These can be easily changed before or between each search.

    To edit your User Options, click Tools, then click User Options.  Here you can change how the application behaves.  The On Startup section controls actions on Startup.  Under Performance, you can choose whether or not to enable multi-threaded searching, and define how many searches to do simultaneously.  The Results section allows you to automatically expand the details of each search result.  You may chose to turn various Tips and Hints off once you are familiar with using Find it EZ.

    Use scan options to further customize each search with syntax aware filters, wildcards or regular expressions.

    The maximum number of source items scanned simultaneously is based on user option settings demonstrated earlier.

    For more information about Find it EZ, visit  To download your free trial, go to  Start building better code today!

    Thank you for watching.

  • Video Descriptions
    Installation & first search wizard

    This video provides a brief demo on how to download, install and run your first search using the built-in search assistant wizard.

    Basic settings & customizing the screens

    This video provides an overview of finditez projects, database connections, filtering files or database objects, search options and customizing the user interface.

    Find it EZ 2018 - top 10 new features

    This video demonstrates the top 10 new features included in the 2018 release of Find it EZ software editions. All editions have been upgraded as of August 31 2018, including Code Search Pro Desktop, Server and Community along with Dev Surge 365 Enterprise.

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