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I often find myself wanting to look up again something that I looked up previously, but I only remember parts of whatever it is. Running the search through the search engine sometimes helps, but when it does, it takes a long time as the results have either changed or I am typing different keywords this time.

Google Desktop used to do what I wanted it to do, but that has been discontinued. I don't know if I should simply try the programs that were recommended as alternatives, but I would prefer to get a direct answer to my question if there is an answer.

So, to re-iterate what I am looking for: software that indexes or creates a database of the words on every page I view online. Therefore, for example, if months later I remember reading an article with the words interesting and tasty, I can search for those words and the page that had them would come up in the search results in this software. If I searched for those words on a search engine, well the results of that page should also be included. If I could perform different types of searches like exact match, by date, and so on, that would be great.

Software Requirements: Free or cheap and to work on Windows 8.1.

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I think Fiddler is a good and free software for this purpose. It can logs all the pages you have visited, and then you can review them.

As I know it can be configured to capture only a particular application's traffic (Firefox, for example).

Here is a screenshot of Fiddler4: enter image description here

And here is another screenshot of its find/search tool enter image description here

For example I've loaded up Stack Overflow website and then inside Fiddler looked for stackoverflow keyword. The search result is something like: (My search options covers both HTTP headers and bodies, if you would like to only search through loaded HTML pages (webpages), you may want to only select bodies as search source) enter image description here

Official Website

  • Does it include an index, and a user interface to search the index? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 20 '15 at 8:21
  • @NicolasRaoul What do you mean by index? I unfortunately cannot figured out what's your mean – frogatto Jan 20 '15 at 10:47
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    I mean the same as the original asker. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_indexing The asker wants an interface where he/she would type for instance "tomato", and the app would show all recently seen webpages that contain the word "tomato". Fiddler can't do this, right? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 20 '15 at 10:59
  • @NicolasRaoul No, it can well, Fiddler have a find tool that looks for a given key phrase through HTTP requests and/or responses. Is it what you want? – frogatto Jan 20 '15 at 11:07
  • OK, so that could be a way to do it indeed, a bit technical I guess but doable :-) Could you please add a screenshot showing the user interface? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 20 '15 at 11:34
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Flamory does exactly the thing that you described. It saves and indexes every web page or local file that you see, so you can find them later.

You can also make snapshots for interesting pages, and app will save a screenshot and scroll position for that page. Later you can use this snapshot as a bookmark to get back to that place.

App runs on Windows and is free to use.

  • I installed it, but its view of my browsing history after installing seemed to be woefully incomplete. If it doesn't catch everything, it's as good as catching nothing. – Nathan Tuggy Oct 29 '15 at 4:19

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