Google Desktop Kicks Ass

Old way of looking up old data

  • Double-click Windows Search icon
  • Wait 8 seconds
  • Type the text I’m looking for, IE: “xmas 04” (My Christmas shopping list)
  • Wait 3 seconds
  • Double-click ‘xmas 04.txt’ to start Notepad
  • Wait 2 seconds
  • View document

New Way

  • In IE or Firefox, click on bookmark for Google Desktop
  • Type the text I’m looking for
  • Click the cache-link
  • Wait 1/2 second
  • View document

Time Saved: 12.5 seconds. I do this search 5-20 times per day.

Old way of looking up archived emails

  • Open Outlook
  • Wait 30 seconds
  • Hit Ctrl-Shift-F.
  • Type in search criterion
  • Wait 45 seconds
  • view results

New Way

  • Click on bookmark for Google Desktop
  • Type in the search criterion
  • wait 1/2 second
  • View email

I often leave Outlook running, so I’ll just say I’ve saved 44.5 seconds. I do this search 2-10 times per day.

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