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Google Desktop Search

Screenshot of Google Desktop Search Google Desktop Search is now out of beta. It allows you to use Google technology to search files on your hard disk.
Originally I wasn’t that impressed when I first tried it, but this new version is much better. Previously, if you used Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and AOL Instant Messenger almost exclusively, you’d be fine – anything else and you’d be stuck. This was the situation I was in – I didn’t use IE, nor Outlook Express or Outlook.
But now, there’s native support for Mozilla programs, including the standard Mozilla Suite as well as Firefox and Thunderbird, which means it can search your browser’s cache and history, as well as all of your emails. It can also now index PDF files, music, video and images. But that’s not the best bit.
There are now plugins which mean you can hook in even more applications. Some are already available now, including Trillian Pro, and Microsoft HTML Help, all of which are programs I use.
John Battelle has more on this, including Google’s APIs which now mean that application developers can add Google into their applications.


  1. I tried this a while ago, but didn’t really have much use for it. Then there were reports all over the place about the security of the program. I recommend you check a few of them out (if you haven’t already).

  2. That’s the other thing they fixed: Security 🙂
    The one comment I would make is that now that it has indexed my entire hard drive its indexes take up around 120MB.

  3. Google Desktop out of beta

    Google has released their desktop search tool. This is now out of beta, and is an official first release.