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Search and You Will Find

Two new search utilities help you find what’s missing on your computer’s hard drive. Computer hard drives have become so large in recent years that finding a misplaced file, email message, or document can be next to impossible – unless you have the right tool. Two new and free utilities help you find files, documents, and email messages that might otherwise remain lost in digital space.

Google Desktop Search is a free search utility from the makers of the world’s leading Internet search engine. It allows you to “google” the contents of your computer instead of the Internet. Google Desktop Search provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you’ve viewed. Unlike traditional computer search software that updates once a day, Google Desktop Search updates continually for most file types, so that when you receive a new email in Outlook, for example, you can search for it within seconds. For security reasons, the index of searchable information created by Desktop Search is stored on your own computer. Click here to download the Google Desktop Search software.

Lookout is a search engine designed to work primarily with Microsoft Outlook to help you find email messages, but it can be configured to search all of the files on your computer just like Google Desktop Search. Built on top of a powerful search engine, Lookout is the only personal search utility that can search all of your email from directly within Outlook. You can use Lookout to search your Outlook email messages, contacts, calendar, notes, tasks, etc. Just enter your search and press enter. Microsoft was so impressed with Lookout that it bought the company. Download Lookout here.

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