If youíre like me you have lots of information on your computer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find it all when you need it? You can use these programs to locate your files, emails, past IM chats, and web pages you’ve seen. Internet search engines help you find what you need online. Desktop search engines, on the other hand, are small software programs that can search millions of files on your computer and network in seconds. The best desktop search engines give previews of the files in the results. That way you can find that lost e-mail and forward it right from the search engine.
Google Desktop makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google. It’s a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you’ve viewed, and more. By making your computer searchable, Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks.
Google Desktop doesn’t just help you search your computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web and stay organized with gadgets and sidebar. Google Gadgets can be placed anywhere on your desktop to show you new email, weather, photos, personalized news, and more. Sidebar is a vertical bar on your desktop that helps you keep your gadgets organized.
Windows Desktop Search
Windows Desktop Search (WDS) is the software that enables users to quickly find and retrieve e-mail messages, documents and files on a PC and company network. Windows Desktop Search is included with your Microsoft Windows License. Windows desktop search is built-in to Windows Vista. If you are running Windows Vista, you do not need to download this software. Windows Desktop Search offers key benefits for end users, including
Find Information Fast: You can find the information you need from the thousands of documents and e-mail located on your PC in seconds, improving your productivity.
Search Across Many File Types: Finds results from common file types (such as e-mail, Office documents, images, video, .pdf) with one tool.
Better Together with Office 2007: Office 2007 takes advantage of the technology in WDS 3.01 that enables instant search functionality in Microsoft Office Outlook.
Search from Familiar Interfaces: Enables you to quickly initiate searches from the Windows desktop, Outlook or Internet Explorer, offering familiarity, convenience and ease of use.
Privacy Protection: Adheres to Windows security and privacy model and doesn’t index sensitive data such as temporary Internet files and cache.
Yahoo Desktop Search
Yahoo! Desktop with the power of X1 often gets excellent scores in reviews, and Yahoo! usually ranks second for best Internet search engine (behind Google). So if you want one integrated product that covers all the bases, Yahoo! is a good choice. Yahoo! Desktop, when used with a free expansion kit, searches the most file types, and reviews praise the way it filters and previews results. It uses Yahoo! to search the web, and the Yahoo! Toolbar includes anti-spyware tools and a pop-up blocker.
Copernic Search and Discover
For searching your own files on a hard drive or network,Copernic Desktop as the simplest to install and use, and best for most users. Reviews also like its security — since it’s a stand-alone software program that keeps all information on your PC or network, no data is ever transmitted online. It uses a minimum of system resources and file space, and indexes most files, including Outlook e-mail messages, as soon as they’re received. Copernic works with Exchange servers, but it can’t see inside zipped files.