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10:33 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A fantastic new feature introduced by Google Labs!

Googling without a browser. I really like this one...

[toolbar.google.com...]

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.
11:02 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google is always one step ahead in the game!
hmm..M$?
11:20 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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at the time of intallation it ask for an option to send stats or not...

whats that?

11:23 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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From [toolbar.google.com...]
Is the Google Deskbar tracking any information about me at all?

Yes. The Google Deskbar does collect information about the number of times you use each of its features when the Feedback Statistics option is turned on. By counting uses of specific features, we get an idea of which parts of the Google Deskbar users find most helpful. However, no personal information about you (name, address, phone number, etc.) or your searches is collected. And you can turn tracking off using the Options dialog box.

Also note that Google Deskbar checks once a day to see if a new update is available. This check is recorded by Google and cannot be disabled. In addition to ensuring you always have the latest version of the application, this connection to Google lets us know approximately how many active Google Deskbars are in use.

11:24 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hopefully they'll make the defaults different. I turned off the Mini-Viewer under Options. I also want it to launch results to the last active browser new window instead of launching a new one for each result. Has anyone tested compatibility with non-IE browsers like Opera or Netscape?

I'm also excited about the custom search tool. I've been using a QuickSearch.exe (for IE only). But this allows you to use quick keys. This is awesome! :)

11:32 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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non-IE browsers like Opera or Netscape?

Yup, the bugger opens in default browser, mine is Opera, created new page not a window, another plus.

On bug I have seen already, in a test of the movie review, I searched out the new matrix. Everything was fine until the pop-up hit. Ruined it, without a way of closing the pop-up. Need to import the tool-bar pop-up blocker and default it to yes.

11:43 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Love the mini viewer. Can anybody say Google-Browser? Now let them buy or build a standards compliant engine, and give me the chrome-less mini-browser with tabbed browsing, and you almost got the browser in OS integration that MS has always been blabbering about.

SN

12:17 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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As Mac users all over the world smile and say,
"Holy Sh...erlock."
12:18 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I love the quickness of it. I don't know, but I'm using moz opera and IE, around 5-20 pages each, restarting on average once per month, and they are jsut sloooow. the Deskbar mini browser is quick :) refreshing.

SN

12:32 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Resizing buggy :(

When I resize the bar and re-lock the taskbar it jumps back to the original size :( Is there a way of makign the bar smaller and make it waste less space?

SN

12:39 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Really nice! But if they want to turn it against microsoft, they need to promote it a little bit more....I can't find the link at the mainpage of google.......! Hope they will do so soon and I hope microsoft will not win the search engine war when they implement a search tool in their new "longhorne" operating system in 2005.......
1:31 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ah, I'm glad that we put that out on Labs. I've been enjoying the Deskbar for a while--one of the fringe benefits of working at Google is seeing our internal experiments. ;) I'll pass on the positive feedback; let me know if you have suggestions (constructive, of course) on how to make the Deskbar better..
1:50 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What other fun stuff do they give you to play with GoogleGuy?

My only suggestion would to make it take up less space and maybe "slide" out when you start using it. Quick launch, plus a stocked system tray, a start button and 10 windows make my taskbar pretty crowded.

I like how the eyes move in the binoculars on a mouseover.

Interesting how it includes definitions vs dictionary.com

2:01 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My lips are sealed, werty. There's no way I'm going to disclose our top secret space tether plans just because you asked me to... wait! You tricked me! Where did the edit button go?! Dohhh! ;)

My Deskbar-loving friends want me to mention that if the deskbar takes up too much space, you can go to the "Options" dialog and turn on the checkbox that says "Resize search box automatically." That makes the search box shrink when you are not using it and grow when you are using it. That should work even if the Windows taskbar is locked.

For those who haven't seen it:
[toolbar.google.com...]

2:34 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Any plans to allow third party developers a means of interfacing with the deskbar?
3:51 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Awesome.

Google has started chipping away at Microsoft's OS advantage already. I agree --> Bring on the browser!

Well Done. I betcha there's a siren sounding in the Microsoft search strategy department today :)

3:55 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I betcha there's a siren sounding in the Microsoft search strategy department today

GAH-OOOOOGULLL GAH-OOOOOGULLL

3:56 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Since Google has so many strategic partnerships with other companies they should make the Deskbar available via companies like AOL and Yahoo. It would have millions of users in months.
4:03 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Who named the Deskbar "Puffin"?
4:05 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Love the search Froogle, now just put that at www.google.com!
4:08 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Seems to me, Froogle could at least be an option on your toolbar <g>.
4:13 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What happened to the good navigational skills of google?
[toolbar.google.com...] has no link back to google.com or anywhere else except Help pages?

There is a link for froogle though on deskbar

5:35 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Really neat Google

Lets hope there will always be place for a toolbar in any future opetating system...

that AutoComplete suggestions is new to me, as well as the new shortcut to the Thesaurus.

5:50 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Bravo!

There's an Excite article [apnews.excite.com] that says Windows 98 isn't supported, but it is.

5:54 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Folks!
I got Toolbar on top! Deskbar in bottom and WW-Google News in center of Browser!

Its like Google Google everywhere :-)

5:55 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Since Google has so many strategic partnerships with other companies they should make the Deskbar available via companies like AOL and Yahoo. It would have millions of users in months.
Except that then all the viewers with Yahoo! and AOhelL would be skipping their home page (which is Y! and AOL). Probably not gonna win any friends among the higher ups with the various portals. I love it though.
7:38 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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bcolflesh, where did you see a mention of a Puffin? You're confusing me. :) dpplgngr, the ZDNet article gives an example of customized search so that you can search whitehouse.gov from the Deskbar, for example.

Okay, I gotta get some sleep--catch y'all later..

7:48 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>at the bottom right of most Windows-based PCs.

Another great google feature not available for the MacOS ...

7:53 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For some reason I've got the Beatles in my head - something about a revolution?

mat

8:04 am on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not raining on parade, but feel obliged to mention 'Dave's Quick Search Taskbar' - does all sorts of things, G included, and been around for quite some time.
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