Listary v5.00.2843

billon on 15 Oct 2017
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Oct 2017
  • Suggested by Jacob125

Listary is an enhancement that allows you to quickly search almost any listing in Windows by simply typing your search terms. The program will pop up a small, semi-transparent window in Explorer windows (including open/save dialogs), Task Manager, Registry Editor and even directly on your desktop. The program works with almost any application with a system-generated list.

Although some programs will automatically jump to the first letter you type (a find-as-you-type feature of Windows Explorer), you must type quickly for more than one letter and cannot see your output. Listary brings a long-time feature of Linux to Windows, letting you enter whole words and type slower with automatic changes. Additionally, it allows wildcards and has the ability to edit your input with immediate results.

Advanced features include hotkeys, autocomplete, blacklists, favorites, a customizable window. Note that the program contains many "pro"-only features, but the program is very functional in its basic version.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Listary.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed some rare crashes on recent Windows 10 updates.

17 comments on Listary  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Loner 2010-02-14 14:41

After reading the info on this site about what this program is about and reading the author's web site info, its clear to me that the info here is confusing and unintelligible. Why couldn't the folks at Portable Freeware take time to read the info provided by the author???

Listary 2010-02-14 15:26

@Loner The introduction here is written by a user of Listary, and yes, it's a little confusing. The following two articles will help you understand what Listary can do for you:

Listary spruces up Windows find-as-you-type (by Download Squad)

Listary Sifts Through Files with Powerful Search Hotkeys (by Lifehacker)

Transcontinental 2010-03-03 19:06

I've just tried it, grrr! gave me the feeling of having a tape scotched on the finger, bouh! :out of my way (dirty tape) :)
Not for me!

yogi 2010-03-04 05:40

Too bad, it doesnt seem to work on windows 2000.
Is it that difficult to include this OS? :|

mica 2010-07-13 18:10

@yogi well yes; According to Microsoft everyone is using the latest and greatest OS, right?

Silver 2011-03-31 09:51

@ mica
Well yes of course especially when you're talking about such an old OS. I was so upset too that it does not even support Windows 3.1. Microsoft are such jerks. Hehe.

@ yogi
Well the way the shell in XP, Vista, and 7 works apparently is quite different than 2000 and therefore the continue to implement it was too annoying for the developers so they decided to drop it. They can't always make sure it works on every single version OS because that would be ridiculous (although at least they have it working in XP).

V3.00 (Build 451)

webfork 2011-03-31 15:16

Silver: although only around 0.2% of the market still uses Win2K, its still an excellent OS. Those that still use it are welcome to request it be supported.

V3.00 (Build 451)

juvera 2011-04-01 17:05

Sorry if my comment seems off topic!
The advantage of running an exotic OS, is that it is immune to modern malware. These oler systems can be used to go on the internet safely. Therefore, YES, versions for older (I mean "exotic") OSes are always welcome!

V3.00 (Build 451)

kiwichick 2011-04-24 10:02

This version loses some free features like "favorite special folders" and "commands". They are now Pro features.

V3.01 (Build 477)

JohnTHaller 2011-04-24 18:21

kiwichick: They have been pro features since we began packaging it in Format. Not sure how much before that they were.

V3.01 (Build 477)

kiwichick 2011-05-06 10:17

JohnTHaller: Thanks for reply. Sorry, I don't mean to doubt you but I currently have ListaryPortable_2.0.392_English.paf.exe ( format, yes?) installed and those features are included.

V3.02 (Build 490)

yogi 2011-12-10 09:29

fyi, for those who ridicule support for windows 2000 - I had contacted Listary support last year, and they were very nice. They sent me an unofficial version that ran on windows 2000.
I have misplaced that file, and I have asked them again.
In the worst case, I'll implement at least the "find as you type" feature with autoit, if they are unable to help this time.


dany 2011-12-10 15:31

@juvera: don't count on it. A friend of mine thought himself immune because he was running win98 and didn't bother with anti-virus and firewalls. After a week his machine was thorougly trashed.


yogi 2011-12-10 15:41

Got a reply from Listary support - they cant support windows 2000, since it seems their IDE (Visual Studio 2010) dropped support. Oh well, I'll get started with autoit.


ancientimages 2012-01-01 19:20

@kiwichick: Do you still have ListaryPortable_2.0.392_English.paf.exe?

I'm looking for a copy of Listary version 2.

V3.50 (Build 714)

smaragdus 2015-11-02 15:48

Listary 4.23.1728 has been released. By the way extraction instructions are not up to date- ListaryPortable folder doesn't contain Win32 or x64 sub-folders- there is one single Listary.exe for both x32 and x64 versions of Windows.


Ennovy 2016-05-26 06:18

Version 5 has been released with many new features:


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