Instantly Search for Files and E-mails on Windows® 7 with Google™ Desktop
- Author: Google
- System Requirements: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 with SP3
- Price: Free
Imagine a situation when suddenly you are asked by your boss to send him an old Excel sheet that was prepared six months back. Imagine further that since this is an old file, you are unable to recall the exact file name. What would you do in such a situation? You can try to trace the file using the Windows 7 search tool. Though, the search tool is quite responsive, it can nonetheless take too much of time. To obtain that file, you will require a special search tool that can give you results in a better and faster manner. How about trying out Google Desktop on your Windows 7 PC in order to search for data stored in different locations? Once deployed on your computing device, it will index all the files stored on the hard drive and permit you to search for files, folders, e-mails, multimedia extensions, and other important documents. However, the initial indexing can take time, but once the files are indexed you will get faster results as the constant indexing will only run in the background and you will not be bothered about the same.
The user interface of Google Desktop is quite straightforward as it gives you the same layout, which is experienced while using its search engine. It merges within a side bar that can be shifted either to the left or right side of your desktop. If you want to keep the desktop area clean, then set the side bar in the system tray which can be accessed later with a mouse click. Additionally, you can instantly click on the side bar to type ‘Google’, which will open the default browser along with a pre-configured search engine. In case you want to keep yourself updated about every single event in the world then you can personalize the application by adding a gadget for ‘News’ along with suggested gadgets. RSS feeds can also be configured along with the gadgets.
Some of the important features related with Google Desktop are listed below:-
- Instant Search – You can search for files, e-mails, photos, and other extensions
- E-mail Integration – Your Gmail account can be added to synchronize e-mails via e-mail client
- Inserting Gadgets – Extra gadgets can be pinned up within Windows 7 side bar
- Availability of Scratch Pad – You can write and store important notes
- Indexing – Constant indexing of files to help you in finding a related file when requested
- Feature to include other Google products – Google messenger, search engine, and gadgets can be added.
All in all, configuring the Google Desktop application on Windows 7 is an incredible experience. The automatic indexing is very quick. Apart from this, due to security reasons, the application does not index files having password. In case you plan to move the data on to another drive, you can manually perform the indexing by simply using the ’Reindexing’ button located within the application.