What’s a desktop search engine? A search engine that helps you find files on your… … desktop? … whole computer and attached or mapped drives
What are some examples? Dozens more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines#Desktop_search_engines Windows Search Google Desktop
What do they do? They “make searching your computer as easy as searching the web.” http://desktop.google.com/features.html “ The closest I'll get to a search engine for my brain." http://desktop.google.com/testimonials.html
Who needs them? Not you … if you always instantly find what you’re looking for.
How do they find things so quickly? They index (comb through) your files when your system is idle. Windows Search running in the background Google Desktop running in the background
What can they find? Files & folders A gazillion file types – full text indexing of each document (not just the file name). E-mail Outlook and Outlook Express. Files & folders Ditto + search deleted (cached) files to retrieve “lost” text. E-mail Ditto + search other e-mail clients . Web history Search viewed (cached) web pages , even when you’re offline. Windows Search Google Desktop
How does Google Desktop work? Your search returns appear. cp50 Enter text.
What are these gazillion file types that it finds?
What was that about the cache? <ul><li>Cache = a small, fast computer memory, which stores copies of the data from the most recently used main memory locations. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The cool part [about Google Desktop] is that you have the Google cache local on your computer. So, if you need some info from a file that you accessed on the network when you were connected [or from a file that you deleted or from a web page that you viewed when you were online], you may be able to get that info from your cache.” </li></ul><ul><li>www.techlifeweb.com/google/desktop_tips.html </li></ul>
Testimonial “ At a meeting, I took notes in Notepad. When I re-docked my laptop, every change in the Notepad file was gone – vanished. I have never seen this behavior before. I was able to locate the files with the changes quickly using the Google tool. The sinking feeling turned to joy .”
How do I get Google Desktop? http://desktop.google.com
Is this thing part of Google Desktop? <ul><li>Google “gadgets” sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>It might show up by default. You can turn it off. </li></ul>
How do I include Lotus Notes in searches? Google Desktop for Enterprise http://desktop.google.com/enterprise Defuse arguments in a single click! <ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Local databases </li></ul>
What do search results look like for Lotus Notes items? Windows Search Google Desktop for Enterprise
How do I get Google Desktop Enterprise? http://desktop.google.com/enterprise/index.html <ul><li>Uninstall any previous version of Google Desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>Close Notes before installing. </li></ul><ul><li>Search works on local replicas only; won’t find e-mail on the server. </li></ul>
Tip: Change this option. <ul><li>By default, when you press Enter, Google Desktop searches the, um, Web. You’ll want to change that. </li></ul><ul><li>In the system tray, double-click this icon. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Options . </li></ul>3. Select Search Desktop .
What are the drawbacks to desktop search engines? Indexing slows some computers down. Index takes up space. Can’t do wildcard searches (which catch typos). Can’t preview EPS files. partia*
Takeaway: Powerful search tools are out there. This could be you instantly finding the item you’re looking for.