Speed Up File Searching with Google Desktop

I have this habit of saving files everywhere and when I need that file, it is like rummaging through one week’s garbage. When I save that file, I know where I saved it, for the next fifteen minutes anyway. If you are like me, and find and locate can’t seem to give you results you do not need, then Google released its new desktop companion, Google Desktop.Google Desktop works like locate but much complicated (you know I like it complicated, lolz). It indexes your files – and I mean not just text and documents, but also emails, visited webpages, cache, man pages and even your Gmail account. Whenever you save your documents, Desktop updates the index. Unlike with locate, you need to run updatedb to update slocate db files so locate can give you accurate search results.

You just download the .rpm or .deb file and install it. There are no pre-requisites (as far as I know) and open the Google Desktop menu on your desktop (KDE or Gnome). Press Ctrl key twice to bring up the search dialog and search away and press Ctrl again twice to hide the search bar.

Basically, Google Desktop works like Google web, but it searches your computer and the web for files matching your search results. You can define which Gmail account and folders will be included in the search as well as an exclusion list, which will not be included during search. Initially, Google Desktop runs a first-time indexing of the folders and emails to populate the search index which will later be used as the list that contains the filenames and locations.

The search results takes its cue from Google web, giving you not just the location, but the preview of the file as well. If the keyword was found inside a file, it displays that file.

To download Google Desktop, you can visit their website.

Thanks to Doc Pablo Manalastas of PLUG