Google Desktop Search

Google Desktop Search is getting better and better and now it's become one of Doc's "Favorites."
Published: Apr 16, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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A Dr. File Finder Favorite -- Google Desktop Search
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  • Version: Version 2
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  • Google Desktop Search, by Google, installs easily and quickly indexes files on your computer. Indexing is done when your computer is idle and even though I have a lot of files on my main computer, the indexing was very fast. Kind of what I've come to expect from Google. The program lets you search your computer for text files, Word documents, email done in Outlook or Outlook Express, and even Web pages you've viewed recently. It will even index and let you search through your AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) chat sessions. You can also search through Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. The program lets you decide what it indexes and I like that.

    Google Desktop Search is a program I first reviewed when it was still a beta program. Well, this is version 2 and it's really changed. Yes, it will still put an icon in your system "tray" so it's very easy to access, but now it does more! A new feature in this version is called the Sidebar and it is SLICK! Here again, the folks at Google let you decide what you see in the sidebar, and I really like that.

    Google Desktop Search utilizes the sidebar so it can bring you news headlines. It can bring you your weather. It gives you a little "scratch pad" where you can actually type little notes for yourself. You can alter the preferences, view the current status, and change what things you see. You can look at pictures on your computer -- I had it showing me pictures of my grandchildren. It can even let you preview your email, read RSS feeds, show you places around the world from satellite views, and more. Not to mention the fact that the program still takes the power of Google and puts it on your computer. So, if you're looking for a way to search for things on your computer, and get a whole lot more, you owe it to yourself to check this out. I like it so much that it's not only a Pick, but I'm also making it a Dr. File Finder Favorite and those are few and far between. Check it out.

About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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