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Recent Files Scanner

Quickly find recently created, changed or accessed files

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 07 October 2013
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Downloads To Date: 536
Developer: GroupWyse
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Recent Files Scanner
Quickly find recently created, changed or accessed files

Recent Files Scanner is a handy tool which searches your hard drive for recently changed, created or accessed files (and it can monitor folders for new files, too).

To try this out, launch the program, click the green "Start" icon, and the program will scan your Documents folder (and any subfolders), before producing a report listing everything modified in the last week.

Not happy with the defaults? Click Settings and you can set the folder to check the search depth (the folder only, 1 level, 10 and so on), and the file dates of interest (the last 1 day, 3 days, 2 days last week or whatever). There are include and exclude filters; you can specify keywords which the file must include; you're able to decide which file date to check (created, modified or accessed), and more. Click the Start button again to try the new settings.

You can do some of this just with Windows Search, of course, but Recent Files Scanner does have another trick you might find useful. Click the binoculars icon and it'll monitor whatever folders you've specified, displaying newly created, changed or modified files in real time.

The program has a few oddities. It would sometimes change the folder we'd specified to something else, for instance - not exactly helpful. And while that might be because we've not properly understood how it works, it's hard to say for sure because there's no documentation.

If you're interested in this kind of tool, though, Recent Files Scanner is still worth checking out.


It has some quirks, but Recent Files Scanner can still be a useful way to monitor file activity

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.6

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.6 brings:

• Whatsapp web - send and receive messages from your computer browser!