How To Search Your PC With Google Desktop

In this era of Internet, most people are frequent users of computers. Many of us use computers through out the day, accumulating morasses of information in various formats, which include email, digital photo, word document, spreadsheet, presentation file, ebook, article, other downloaded files, music, visited web pages, and many others. We stuff them in multiple folders in our PC. Before we know it, our hard drives become a storeroom of misplaced items. As a result, finding a needed file of information some times become a daunting task!

The search function integrated to Microsoft Windows is not a big help either. It requires you to know, albeit vaguely, where the file could possibly be located. If your data storage is significant and you made a search on your whole hard disk, it might take ages to get search results and, then again, there is no guarantee that you will find the right file. Frustrating? Thanks to new Google Desktop Search this is about to change!

What is Google Desktop Search?

Google Desktop Search is a free downloadable small program, which will quickly and easily find your files no matter where in your hard disk they are stored. The great thing about this program is by making your computer searchable, this program frees you from having to manually organize and sort your files, emails, and downloads. You no more have to mull over where in your PC the information you are looking for is residing – in your email, files or web pages that you browsed recently.

At present Google Desktop Search works only with the full text in Outlook and Outlook Express email, text, HTML, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, AOL chat, and Web pages viewed through Internet Explorer. Other files like PDF will be probably added in future version.

How it works?

Google Desktop Search is fairly easy to download and set up. The address for downloading the program is Once you installed the program, it begins initial indexing process of your hard disks. This may take several hours for an average size disk. The one-time indexing process only works when the computer has been idle for more than thirty seconds. Indexing for Google Desktop Search is an ongoing process, new files and emails get updated automatically. The search index created by the program resides on your own computer.

On your system tray you will see a swirled icon in Google colors, by clicking on it you will open the regular Google search page with the addition of Desktop along side with other search areas. Once the indexing is done, files are searched in under a second and the results are impressively precise. The top bar shows quantities of files found under the four categories, which include emails, files, chat and Web history. The results are shown in much the same way as regular Google interface. You can choose to see relevant results from all or any of the categories. You can also sort results by relevance or by date. By clicking on any result you open the file in respective application software.

The email query results are the best! No longer have you had to remember in which folder you stored the email written to John in reference to Peter. By searching for Peter or John, you will find all relevant emails and related correspondence. You can read and answer to any of the discovered email from the thread. This really saves time when you need to follow up to a large numbers of emails each day.

There are two more text buttons next to the search field. One is Desktop Preferences and other is Remove Items. Desktop preferences allow you to choose the types of files you would like the program to include in its index out of available ones. You can also point out not to index specific folders from your hard disk. If you share your PC with others, it’s a good idea to eliminate your private folders from the Desktop index. You can also specify not to index certain websites from your cached web history as well. The Remove items button allow you to eliminate selected results from the index.

The advance search option allows you to search by phrase by putting the phrase within quotation marks, to eliminate a word from search by putting a minus sign in front of the word, to search by file type, and to search within a web URL. A neat feature is to integrate your desktop search with your web search. This is very handy if you have already done an extensive search for some information and after a few days doing search for similar information once again.

Privacy question

By default, Google Desktop Search collects a limited amount of non-personal information from your computer and sends it to Google. This includes summary information, such as the number of searches you do and the time it takes for you to see your results, etc. You can opt out of sending this information during the installation process or from the Desktop preferences later. According to Google Privacy Policy no personally identifying information, such as your name or address, will be sent to Google without your explicit prior permission.

What is missing?

I bemoan not having PDF files in the search process as yet. I have dozens of e-books and PDF whitepapers residing in my PC, and I really would prefer to have them indexed. That way, I’d have been able to read materials, when I needed them most.

The other thing I want to see is clustered result of my query, which shows organized search results into meaningful hierarchical folders similar to the way Vivisimo search engine works. This clustering is particularly helpful for desktop search, as this allows us to see other relevant documents connected to the searched word.


Due to Google’s immense popularity as a search engine, it’s logical that most users will prefer Google’s desktop search program as oppose to other similar programs, such as Copernic and Hotbot. Finally you can search your very own computer with similar ease and preciseness as you have been searching the Internet for quite some time.

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Download Free iPhone Games - The Easy Way

If owners of iPhones were to be polled, how many would say they know how to download free iPhone games the easy way? Only half of those iPhone owners could say they know the places (sites) to visit. However, the other half still has yet to find a suitable and legal site. So how can these folks get educated to find the best deal and download free iPhone games the easy way?

The main thing iPhone owners need to remember that if a deal seems to be good to be true, it often is. So, they should check out the site before committing to anything (if there is a commitment issue) or to tell if there is a danger risk to their personal data or computer. What kinds of sites are out there that can cause problems for owners?

Free Games on iPhones - By doing a quick search on your favorite search engine, many hits are available for you to choose from. However, these sites often have a common theme to it. When you start looking, you will notice that many of these sites are aimed at getting you to click on the ads. This is the way they make their money. They do not have many games to choose from either.

Free Games on iPhones - Other sites that promise new releases on games are so called "free" sites. These sites offer visitors to download any games they want but when people start to look, they realize that any games available are very old. When they start to download, they notice the speeds are very slow. Like the above site option, these sites care little about giving its visitors free iPhone games; they care about making money for themselves.

Free Games on iPhones - Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there were many established sites where people could get "free" copies of music, movies, music videos, games and even software. However, many music and movie executives got together and forced the federal government to begin prosecution of those who downloaded these pirated files. These torrent sites are not only illegal but also very dangerous. How are they dangerous? They are hackers out there who place malware into popular files. Their intent is to get your personal information to steal your identity. Malware can get costly and the sites should be avoided.

Free Games on iPhones - Just as there are bad sites to visit and download games from, there are sites that are quite delightful. These sites promise to give you access to their lists. They make good on their promise. All it takes is a one-time fee of $40 or so. After you pay it, you can begin any kind of download you want. Once you start downloading, you will find that the file is transferring at a fast speed.

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How To Make Your CDs and DVD's Last Longer

Keeping your CDs and DVDs in good condition is crucial to their longevity. It can be very frustrating when you discover that your audio CD that you haven't played in a year now skips in your player. CD and DVD media can realistically over 10 years if handled and stored properly.

You should also do the following:

When you buy blank media always purchase high quality, Grade A discs. You do get what you pay for in this market. In my opinion, the best manufacturers are Taiyo Yuden, Sony and Verbatim.

Write on your media with pens specially designed for CDs and DVDs. If you write with a regular ballpoint pen, you might damage the recording layer of the disc. Either the pressure from the tip of then pen will cause damage or, over the time, the ink from the pen will seep into the disc.
Don't store your media in high temperatures. I have known clients who store their media in shelves above their heaters. Although optical media can theoretically withstand temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius, it is best to keep the ambient temperature around 25 degrees. Store the discs in paper wallets or plastic casing such as clam shells to prevent dust and scratches. Also, try to hold the outside edges of the disc when you transport it from case to drive and back again.

Don't use paper labels on your media. This is especially important for discs that you use frequently or that might stay in your drive. It can get very hot in a CD or DVD drive. The heat of the drive, plus the spinning of the disc as it is read by the laser, can cause the labels to start to bubble and then peel. The balance of the disc will be disrupted and you will receive read errors. Even worse, the disc could become stuck in the drive. Another reason to stay away from these labels is the adhesive used can eventually seep into the reflective and dye layers of the disc rendering it useless.

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