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Google Desktop
Old Version of Google Desktop

Software Overview

Software Provider: Google Inc.
Current Version: Google Desktop 5
Operating Systems: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista
License: Freeware
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About Google Desktop :

Google Desktop gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. 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, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks. It makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google.

Google Desktop doesn't just help you search your computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web with Sidebar, a desktop feature that shows you your new email, weather and stock information, personalized news and RSS/Atom feeds, and more. Sidebar is personalized automatically, without any manual configuration required (though you can certainly make your own customizations if you want to).

Google has added some extra features in Google Desktop 3. The Sidebar experience. Now you can customize your desktop even more with undocked and floating Sidebar panels, and also share the glory of your personal Sidebar by sending panel items such as News, Web Clips, and more to your friends using email, Google Talk or even the Sidebar itself.

They have also extended the reach of your desktop search. Google Desktop now lets you securely find documents and web pages that you've seen on any of your computers from any of your other computers by using your Google Account. We've also added an Advanced Search Form to make finding your results even easier. And Google has added a new security feature; you can now lock Desktop search to prevent others from doing a desktop search when you're not at your computer.

Google Desktop Features

  • Email: You can read new email, including Gmail, as soon as you get it.
  • News: See the latest headlines, personalized based on the articles you read in Sidebar and in your browser.
  • Weather: You can keep track of weather forecasts for multiple locations.
  • Photos: This gadget will show you a slideshow of photos from the web and from your computer; click on any image to see a larger view.
  • Stocks: Keep track of up-to-the-minute prices for your favorite stocks. We show real-time prices (not 20 minutes delayed), if available.
  • Scratch Pad: Type and save notes for yourself. The Scratch Pad automatically saves itself whenever you type a character in it, so you don't even have to worry about remembering to hit ‘save.’
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