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What is the Google Desktop?

written by: Senadheera Jayakody•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 3/31/2010

Google Desktop is search software from Google for making online and offline searches much easier. It not only provides faster and easier files search but also other useful services too. So it is a good idea to find out more about this handy application.

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    What is the Google Desktop?

    Google Desktop is desktop search software from Google for the Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms. Once installed, Google Desktop allows you to search your emails, files on your computer, photos, media files, chats, web pages viewed, and other Google gadgets. It also allows you to gather the latest information from the web with the gadgets and the sidebar.

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    Find Files Faster

    After you installed Google Desktop, it will start indexing all your emails, files, and web pages stored on your computer. Sometimes it may take several hours depending on the number of files stored in your PC. But this process doesn’t slow down your computer because it starts when your computer is idle for more than 30 seconds. Indexing is a one-time process so you don’t have to worry about it. Once indexing is completed you can find your files quite quickly.This is very useful if you have a large storage filled with data.

    Google Desktop allows you to search deleted files, because it stores cached copies of your files whenever you view them. You can search various file types using Google Desktop. Some of the file types include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Google Talk, Images, Video, Zip, Text, PDF, music, Firefox/Netscape, Outlook emails, and MSN/AOL Instant Messenger. You have the ability to search more file types using indexing plugins. You may get it from this URL: http://desktop.google.com/plugins/index/

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    Quick Search Box

    With Quick Search Box of Google Desktop you can search the files on your computer very easily and quickly. Simply type the word or words you want to search and press enter. Then it will display related searches. One of interesting feature of Google Desktop is the ability to launch applications without using the start menu of your operating system. For an example, if you type “word” then you can start the Microsoft Word application by selecting it from the search results.

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    Advanced Search in Google Desktop

    You can use advanced search features of Google Desktop from the Advanced Search form. You can specify file types, specify time period, and specify the words that should not be included in the search results.

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    Google Gadgets and Sidebar

    You can use Google Gadgets to get updated and personalized information when you want. There are gadgets to display weather updates, the latest happenings, the latest sports news, etc. These are nice little tools that make your tasks easier and save your time. Some other gadgets include calendars, clocks, a to do list, etc. The Sidebar is the place where you keep all your gadgets organized. You can drag and drop your gadgets into or out of your sidebar.

    Absolutely Google Desktop is a handy little application that saves your time and make your tasks lot easier. So it is a good idea to keep it installed in your computer to get the maximum benefit from it.