I think that this program is going to be a lovely fit for my needs if I can figure out how to use it properly. But (apologies for taking space in a development forum to ask user questions, but perhaps this will assist you make your help files more explicit for less techsome users) there are two things that even after reading all of the forum I haven't been able to figure out how to deal with.
First, I see multiple references in the forum to FARR searching file names as well as programs. I can't seem to get my installation to see files unless I create a specific alias for them. I have hundreds of files, so creating an alias for each seems beyond unwieldy and I can't imaging anyone else is doing that. How have I overlooked enabling this? I have added *.doc and all my other usuals to the pattern scoring list with the same weight as *.exe and even tried boosting it higher, but don't get anything but help files in my returns. And yes, My Documents is correctly referenced in the folders to be searched. I wondered if I needed to list each subfolder, but it doesn't even return a file I place in My Documents itself, so that doesn't seem to be my problem. I should add that the search that returns program files is lightening fast and works exactly as I'd expect from what I've read, so the fact that files aren't turning up makes me think it's somehow my problem, not program misbehavior.
The second mystery I can't seem to solve on my own (and I'm not really sure it's not an intended behavior) is that the options window always opens behind the little search window. I have the impression that it didn't the first few times I used the program, but now it inevitably does, no matter what key I use to start the search (pause/break or a custom I've set). At least it dismisses along with the search window when the program launches, but it's visually distracting and I'm a bit afraid that if I mistype/misclick on something when windows are flying around rapidly, I'll change my options without noticing or commit some other difficult-to-reconstruct mayhem. Is there a setting that dissociates these two that I simply haven't read/interpreted correctly yet?