Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ever dreamt you could Google your own PC?

Google makes me want to dance. Jig-a-jig. Jiggy-widdit. Na-na-na-na-na!

Do you love Google? (I reckon there's no need to link to that one, everybody knows Google's URL, no?). If you've always marvelled at the ease of Googling for stuff on the internet, then, get ready for this - Now you can Google your own computer with Google Desktop.

Still in beta version, at the moment it requires either Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP 3+. The search and results page looks exactly like the internet version, with the buttons 'Search Desktop' and 'Search the Web' replacing the usual 'Google Search' and 'I'm Feeling Lucky' buttons.

search with Google desktop

What it would do is build an index of the files in your computer upon installation. Once the indexing process is complete (the process may take a few hours - you can continue using the PC during indexing - but if you're too excited like me there is no harm in trying out the program while indexing is still in progress) you would then be able to use the program as you normally use Google to search for your Word, Excel, Powerpoint and text files, emails (e.g. in Outlook Express), AOL IM chats and even your Internet Explorer cache! Neat, I must say.


Another bonus is once you have Google Desktop installed on your PC, Google will also include results from your computer in the results list whenever you do a Google search over the internet. An icon (looks like two small multicolored hoops intertwined) will be automatically placed on your desktop for fast reach.

Recommended. Na-na-na-na-na!

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