WinCatalog 2024.7.5 Release - The Begin of the Line Search Operator and Smart Hashes Calculation When Updating

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of WinCatalog has been released. The version number is 2024.7.5, it brings two powerful new features: the “Begin of the Line” search operator and smart hashes calculation when updating drives.

Introducing the “Begin of the Line” Search Operator

Searching your catalog has never been more precise. When you perform a simple search, WinCatalog finds entries containing words that start with the entered search terms, regardless of the word order. For example, a search for “big app” (without quotes) will find both “big apple” and “the apple is big.”

With the new “Begin of the Line” search operator, you can now use the caret character (^) to find entries that start with your specified search term. This enhancement ensures you quickly locate exactly what you need. For example, using the query ^wincat (without quotes) will find “WinCatalog.exe” but not “Help for WinCatalog.chm”. This feature streamlines your search process, saving you valuable time and effort.

More examples of searches.

Search query:



  Documents and Reports 2024.xlsx 

The following entry will NOT be found because the filename doesn’t start with the ‘document’:

  My Document.pdf

The beginning-of-string operator should be applied to individual terms rather than to a group of terms. For example, if you want to find files with filenames starting with ‘image’ or ‘photo’, the search query should be “^image OR ^photo” (without quotes).   For example, to find filenames starting with the letter ‘A’ followed by a space, use the square brackets (the strict match operator, described above) in combination with the beginning-of-string operator.   Search query:

  [^A ] (notice the space between A and the closing bracket)


  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.pdf
  A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.epub
  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.fb2

The following entry will NOT be found, because the ‘A-space’ part is not located at the beginning:

  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.epub

In addition to that, don’t forget about the end-of-the-line ($) search operator from one of the previous releases.

Read more: How WinCatalog Understands Search Queries

Smart Hashes Calculation for Enhanced Drive Updates

Updating your drives just got smarter. With the new version, WinCatalog introduces intelligent hashes or checksum calculations. When you change a scanning profile and enable hashes or checksum calculation, WinCatalog will now calculate hashes for files that previously missed these values. This occurs even if the files haven’t been modified since the last update, and it works regardless of whether the ‘Skip Unmodified Files’ option is turned on.


To download WinCatalog 2024.7.5 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.

Posted on: June 12, 2024