After trying Windows 7, I miss the start menu search in my Windows XP. I don't like the Windows XP search because I think it requires much mouse work to get a search done, and it's indexing isn't fast enough. I already tried in the past a Google tool with a global keyboard shortcut that would serve my index/search needs, but I forgot it's name. I think that tool isn't the only one in the world. Which one would you recommend for me?

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    "Google Desktop" doesn't do what you need? – Evan Anderson Jun 27 '09 at 19:22
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    Heh heh... no rep for me! smile – Evan Anderson Jun 27 '09 at 19:48

Microsoft also provides the free tool Windows Search 4.0, that is actually not bad. I personally prefer Google Desktop though.


Google Desktop? >smile<

  • +1, because you smiled! – splattne Jun 27 '09 at 19:54
  • Heh heh... This is one of those cases where I "answered" with a comment and should've answered with an answer. smile – Evan Anderson Jun 27 '09 at 20:00
  • And I was looking up links... – splattne Jun 27 '09 at 20:20
  • Here's your rep :) And I didn't post because I thought it'd get flamed... – squillman Jun 27 '09 at 21:40

Your options are:

I think, it's a matter of taste. On Windows XP I would prefer Google Desktop Search.


Use Everything. You won't want to use anything else.

  • It doesn't search file contents. – Dennis Williamson Jun 27 '09 at 21:17
  • Correct. "Everything" does not search file contents, only file and folder names. – Joseph Jun 27 '09 at 22:05

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