Desktop Search Engines

If you haven’t heard, companies are creating software that will search the information on your computer. Called a “desktop search engine,” these are similar to the search functionality you find in Windows (Start – Search – For Files and Folders) except that it can search everything on your computer. “Everything” can include things like temporary files, cookies, email messages, email message attachments, your calendar entries, your browser’s history, and PDF files. Slate did a good comparison of five of the programs that search your hard drive:

At the time of Slate’s article, Yahoo Desktop Search engine was not yet available. It currently is available and is, of course, in beta. has provided a review.


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