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Googling without a browser. I really like this one...
The Google Deskbar is a free software download that appears as a search box in the Windows taskbar at the bottom right of most Windows-based PCs. Users enter queries into the search box and results are automatically displayed in a small pane that rises above the Deskbar and overlays a corner of the application they’re using.
I search > Mini View results > I close
I search > Mini View Results > Expand Window to full size
I have been using all the shortcuts but I cant see one that lets me open the mini viewer to full screen. I know you can do it by mouse of course.
If you do ALT + CTRL + G it takes you straight to the google desktop without having to use your mouse great :)
Overall I think its brilliant, Nice one Google :)
Whilst we are on the subject, what ever happened to the Google Shortcuts which was launched in 2002, its still in Labs and has never appeared?
I am not affraid of mice honest :)
how wrong i was.
its just like having google available in every application you have, and with the ctrl-alt-g to focus on the box, you barely have to move the mouse. fantastic.
nice one google.
We answer dozens of questions from potential guests that involve finding other sites to direct them to. We are constantly opening browsers to find the info. This solution allows us to work from within Outlook Express.
Congratulations Google - another fabulous product!
Apart from that, the only thing on my wish list is I wish they'd let us get rid of that annoying 'Search the Web' icon on both the toolbar and the deskbar.
Damn can't wait for them to include currency conversion A-La xe.com so I can use it as my calculation tool to see how much money I make off adsense in my local currency!
[edited by: killroy at 11:41 am (utc) on Nov. 7, 2003]
I've added a customized search for curency rates at MSN that pops up the actual page. Works great and I need it 4 or 5 times a day.
I tried to then add a customized search for FindWhat terms as I have a PPC account with them and they don't have a link to the term from their interface. For some reason I can't get it to work. Now this may be that G has blocked custom searches to other search engines or maybe I'm entering the string wrong.
Here's what I put:
Can anyone comment?
So what we need next is a good way to search our own PCs... which MS says they may do in the next OS release. I must admit it would be nice to search my own PC for stuff... I have about 40 GBs of data on here... I strive to be organized, but occasionally I forget where I put things.
The search that MS offers now is OK, but it has to scan your entire PC... wouldn't it be nice if you typed in: proposal for SE work to ECI... and bang! there it is... verus trying to remember who at ECI you wrote the proposal for and so on....
I do freelance work for a College - and I swear to God we spend a 1/3 of our time looking for stuff... so Google - please be the first to supply this. When I installed the task bar and you asked to collect annyomns stats I said yes because I believed you. If it were MS... no way... I would have my little Zone alarm making sure it was under lock and key.
You will be hearing a lot from me today
MTL To USD
USD To MTL
Now if they would let me use prefixes so I could just type:
u2m 26 [ENTER]
and get me conversion pronto without messing with the mouse.
Hear me GoogleGuy?
Name: Open Site
Loads site into mini-browser without extra search.
OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us define prefixes. There will be so much stuf fthat short cuts won't cut it... and sometimes when you're typing, typign two letters more is faster then short cut keys.
>the interface to the MS speech recognision engine.
That could be a very nice idea. They already have voice search for a while at [labs1.google.com...] If they could bring it on the desk/toolbar! That would be one helluva idea of cool (very cool) browsing.