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The Google Desktop application allows users to search their desktop content quickly and easily. Praised for its ingenuity and criticized for its intrusiveness, Google Desktop brings the power of Google’s search engine technology to your PC.

After installing the application, you’ll have to give it some time to index the files on your PC, including emails, photos, chats, contacts and calendar events. Google Desktop will index the first 10,000 words in the first 100,000 documents on your PC.

The application supports the majority of file types and you can decide which ones to index, or omit protected files, using the preferences menu.