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    Microsoft Search Toolbar w/ Windows Desktop Search

    Has anyone tried this thing out or read any comments from those who have? If so, I'd like to hear some feedback before actually installing it.

    Link: Microsoft Search Toolbar

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    Re: Microsoft Search Toolbar w/ Windows Desktop Search

    I'm running it on several XP Pro SP-2 machines. Seems to work well - no crashes. Does not seem to be any extreme overhead particularly after the initial indexing is complete. I'd definitely recommend you check out the additional filters available for file types not natively supported. A plus with the most current version is you get tabbed browsing (not completely integrated in IE - that will be with IE 7.0).

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    Re: Microsoft Search Toolbar w/ Windows Desktop Search

    Joe,

    Thanks for the reply. I've read so much "hype" re: Google, Copernic and Yahoo and none appealed to me due to the extremely large index file they create. I also tried Copernic about a year ago and found it more than wanting as I was not able to successfully add other file types. I contacted their tech support and they couldn't resolve the problem, so I uninstalled it.

    My main interest is in the area of "file types". I desire to be able to search for everything. hahaha And, what do you mean in regard to the "tabbed browsing"? From the blurb by Microsoft, I got the impression that it was integrated into IE 6.0? (I'm chomping at the bit waiting for IE 7.0 <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> ).

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    Re: Microsoft Search Toolbar w/ Windows Desktop Search

    At Find Documents and E-mail fast using MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search there is a link for add-ins to search more file types. Tabbed browsing is an add-on not part of the core IE 6 code. So, it has some limitations such as not always smooth switching from tab to tab. But it is better than nothing until IE 7 gets here.

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    Re: Microsoft Search Toolbar w/ Windows Desktop Search

    If you want to search for "everything" then you are going to get a large index, since "everything" would have to be indexed. I don't see why one product's index would be all that much different in size from another one, assuming you are indexing the same things. Anyway, storage is cheap these days,, so what does it matter how big an index is as long as the app can search it fast?

    I tried Copernic but didn't like it. It was littering my temp folder with seemingly duplicates of folders already in my Documents and Settings folder. I've been using Yahoo and it works well for me.

    As for tabbed browsing, it's about time M$ joined the party. Just about every other browser has tabs right now, including FireFox and many clones working off of the IE engine. So no need to wait on tabbed browsing if that is really what you want..

    Given M$ poor history in early software releases, I'll probably want until IE 7 SP1 is released before upgrading.

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