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oAlways start as administrator: If this option is enabled, the system starts UltraSearch with administrative privileges every time it is started. This ensures UltraSearch access to the MFT (Master File Table) of NTFS partitions to speed up the searching process. This setting also prevents many of the access problems to folders that cannot be searched without administrative privileges. It is recommended to leave this option enabled.

oSkip User Account Control Warning: If you start UltraSearch as administrator, the User Account Control (UAC) is displayed when the application starts. You can suppress this message by enabling this option.

oLaunch at Windows startup: Starts UltraSearch automatically in the notification area of the taskbar when the system starts. Select this option to start UltraSearch at any time from the notification area of the taskbar. The key combination 'Ctrl + Shift + U' can be used to bring UltraSearch to the foreground at lightning speed and you can start your search without delay. You can change the key combination for calling up UltraSearch via 'Select Hotkey' at any time.

oDisable splash screen: Professional Edition: If this option is activated, the welcome screen is no longer displayed when UltraSearch is started.

Windows Explorer

oStart UltraSearch: This option adds an entry to the context menu of the Windows Explorer, which you can use to start UltraSearch.

oSearch with UltraSearch: This option adds an entry to the Windows Explorer context menu that is used to start UltraSearch and automatically search the current folder.


o Minimize to a system tray icon: If this option is enabled, UltraSearch is minimized to the notification area when you close the program. It opens UltraSearch again when you click the corresponding icon in the taskbar or press the hotkey.

oMinimize on double click: Minimizes the main window of the program when an item in the result list is opened by double-clicking it.


o Use dark theme: With this option the appearance of the application can be changed. Using this option will enable the dark mode of UltraSearch independent of the current Windows setting.

oUse light theme: With this option the appearance of the application can be changed. Using this option will enable the light mode of UltraSearch independent of the current Windows setting.

oDetect automatically: This option for automatic detection of the theme is based on your current Windows setting and automatically adapts the appearance of UltraSearch to it.

Keyboard Hotkey

oSelect hotkey: Opens a dialog where you can change the global hotkey. You can use the selected hotkey to minimize UltraSearch in the taskbar or notification area or to bring it to the foreground. If the 'Launch at Windows startup' option is active, you can also use this hotkey to launch the program.


Opens a list of all available languages. Select the language in which the user interface texts are to be displayed.



oSave recent searches: If this option is activated, the last 15 search patterns used are saved. The search patterns can be selected under 'Search > Recent searches'or via the drop-down list of the search field. Information: A search pattern is not saved until you press Enter or leave the search field.

oSuggest patterns: If this option is activated, matching search patterns based on previous searches are displayed when a search pattern is entered. Information: 'Save recent searches' must be activated to use this option.


Auto-Check new drives

oShow search buttons: Displays additional buttons for manually starting and stopping the search on the 'Home' tab. If this option is active, the search is no longer automatically updated while entering a search pattern, but only when the button is pressed or the 'Enter' key is pressed. A change in the filter settings continues to automatically start a new search.

oAuto-Check new drives: If this option is activated, newly connected drives such as USB sticks or SD cards are automatically activated in the drive list and selected for searching.

oWatch file system changes: If this option is enabled, UltraSearch monitors changes to the file system and automatically updates the internal cache in memory. The changes are taken into account for further searches. If this option is disabled, a cache update under 'Search > Refresh > Refresh' is required to include changes to the file system in the search. It makes sense to disable this option and update the cache manually if there are permanent changes at the file level on your system.

File groups

Configure file groups

Opens a dialog that lists all file groups and their file extensions. Here you can create your own file groups or delete existing file groups. In addition, the file extensions of all file groups can be adjusted according to your own requirements.

Configure content search

Opens a dialog in which the file types can be specified that are searched for when searching for file contents, in case that no file types are explicitly specified as a search term.


Create portable installation

Professional Edition: Creates a portable version of the software that can be used on a USB stick, for example. If you use this option, a dialog will open where you can select the destination folder for the portable installation. All settings of the portable version are also saved in this folder.