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Google Desktop 5 - 5.1.706.29690

The latest version Google Desktop 5.1.706.29690 offers: visual refresh of the sidebar. Added new colors, transparency, and new icons for default gadgets. New "Add Gadgets" interface. This interface loads up to 100% faster, and has a helpful new UI that makes it easier than ever to find and add your favorite gadgets. A "Click to Preview" results feature. No more guessing if you've found the right file! Now when you search, Google Desktop enables you to immediately preview your cached result without having to open the actual document or webpage. Simply click on the "Preview" link next to any search result. A Safe Browsing feature that warns you if a site you visit is a suspected forgery or if it contains malicious software that may harm your computer.
Google 5.1.706.29690 revamps the sidebar interface and many gadgets, while adding a new dialog for adding gadgets. Also new are previews of search results and security alerts for suspicious Web links.

Instantly find your e-mail, files, media, Web history, and chats. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach. It frees you from having to manually organize your files, e-mail, and Web pages you've viewed.

Version 5.1.706.29690 is fully compatible with Windows Vista, emulating the rounded corners and translucent panels and capable of overriding the native Vista sidebar, allowing the user to swap one Big Evil Corporation out for another. There's also cross-indexing for multiple machines and sharing panel items directly with friends. The sharpest new feature is the preview window for search results, which saves a lot of time on clicking, opening, and closing.

Simple, small, and free, Google Desktop indexes your hard drive the way the company's own servers index the World Wide Web. Your search results are returned in a Web-page format that looks very similar to the Google Web site, and the app's sidebar shows regular updates to your favorite programs, from e-mail to your My Pictures folder to RSS feeds and weather.

Although the initial indexing process can take a very long time--especially if you have a lot of e-mail, contacts, chat transcripts, and documents for it to parse through--it's well worth the wait to be able to search any of them from a text entry box that lives next to the Quick Launch bar. You'll still find the same basic gadget content: a music player, sports and stock tickers, a file shredder, and even some "wacky" items like an interactive plant. Along with e-mail updates, the weather, and current chats, the Desktop sidebar has a built-in to-do list, notepad, and the ability to integrate other gadgets with ease.

LicenseFree Requirements: Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista File Size: 1.74 MB