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    I want to replace Search Companion

    I didn't even know it had a name until just now, but the applicaiton that runs when you press Ctrl+f in Win XP is actually called Search Companion. Anyway, back to my request ...

    I don't search my drives too often, but when I do, I want more control. The lame options in the current application really get my goat and I long for the old Win 98 version. I hesitate to try the Google product as I don't really need half a gig of search data (do I?). So, what are you folks using?

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

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    <hr>I hesitate to try the Google product as I don't really need half a gig of search data<hr>
    </center> Where is all this data going to be coming from ??? It's my understanding that the Google utility will search your hard drive, not add data to it.
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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    Look at the tools here: Google Search: desktop search. You'll probably end up with as many opinions as tools. So, try several and pick the one you like.

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    According to <!post=Diegol's experience ,465085 >Diegol's experience <!/post>, Google desktop added half a gig of indexing type files. No thanks! I want power and flexibility, not speed.

    I know I can use Google to look for hard drive searching tools, but it's the experience of the Loungers I'm looking for here. I can't tell you how many pieces of software I've experiemented with in the past, I'm convinced at least a few people here have looked into replacing Search Companion ... I'm looking for their experience.

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    Joe's link is not to Google Desktop Search, but to a programmed search in Google for desktop search, resulting in links to many desktop search applications (of course, Google's own product is the first hit).

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    Hey, I just went from two star to three star! At this rate it's going to take a long time to get back to the status I had before the lounge changed.

    Anyway ... Hans, I had looked at Joe's link and recognized what it did, but I'm still hoping to save myself a considerable amount of time by finding out what other loungers use and why.

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    I found the following here regarding the function of the Google utility..........
    The tool is remarkable for its power yet simplicity. Rather than create a standalone application, Google Desktop Search seamlessly blends into Google itself. Those using the tool see a new "Desktop" link on the Google home page and search results page. Selecting this link brings back results found on their own computers.
    In particular, the tool indexes the full text of:
    Email within Outlook or Outlook Express (notes, contacts, journal and to do list items are not included, nor are emails in the Deleted Items folder)
    Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files
    AOL Instant Messenger chats
    Web pages viewed online in Internet Explorer or any HTML file saved to your computer
    Plain text files
    The tool also indexes the text within the file names of image in JPEG or GIF formats, giving it rudimentary image search capabilities. File names of Adobe Acrobat PDF content and names of some other file types are also indexed. Full text indexing of information in these files is NOT done.


    You could empty the contents of the index folder to save space, at the expense of speed.... there's always a trade-off, but you have to expect the program to use some space on your system to do it's job. If it's indexing 40 gigs of data , a half gig of space isn't much to give up for that. I've never used Search Companion, didn't even know it existed until you mentioned it (BTW <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>). I've always muddled along with the search utilitity (such as it is) on the Start menu. I looked into a few of the indexing programs and utilities about a year ago and chose not to bother. If I can't find something on my own PC, I probably don't need it or it's really not that important. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> FWIW <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    Yes, I hate the enhanced search interface in WinXP (if that's what you mean by Search Companion).
    In my case, I fortunately retained the excellent PowerDesk 4 <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version. Its File Finder feature is as simple and fast as Win98's search. In fact, as a Win98 user I'd use one or the other indistinctly.
    As mentioned in an earlier post, PD4 is no longer available, but I suspect there might be some other IE replacement software that are capable of doing the same thing. In that case, they might be worth having, even if to avoid XP's horrible search only.
    2xExplorer's search capabilities are not so brushed up, but again, maybe some other.

    As for Google Desktop Search, my experience of a (now) 482 MB folder contemplates a complete index of an 8 Gig HD and a 20 Gig one. If you disable some of the index topics you'll very probably get a lower number. GDS is not the same kind of solution as a normal Windows Search, but I'm getting to like it more and more.

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    Re: I want to replace Search Companion

    <hr>File names of Adobe Acrobat PDF content and names of some other file types are also indexed. Full text indexing of information in these files is NOT done.<hr>
    Too bad... I thought it WAS done, except when the conversion method didn't permit it (some PDFs are not searchable; their text can be read, but it cannot be selected or otherwise treated as text) <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Found one! Advanced Find and Replace

    Although it costs $30, Advanced Find and Replace looks like the way to go when looking for a better tool to replace MS's pathetic offering.

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    Re: Found one! Advanced Find and Replace

    I'm not sure what capabilities you're after, but here are some lightweight <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>bies that might be worth a look:

    Agent Ransack
    ReplaceEm
    InfoRapid
    Search & Replace 98

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