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Google Quick Search for 64 Bit Windows

I've been using Google Desktop Search for some time now.  Most of it however, I don't find useful.  I never search my desktop, and store my mail on a different server, so I miss out on a lot of the Google Desktop value proposition.  So why use it at all?  The answer is Google Quick Search. 

Google Quick Search is the little dialog that pops up whenever you press Ctrl twice.  I enter a phrase and hit enter and the phrase is automatically sent to the Google search page, rendering the search results in my browser window.  Its just so darn handy.. Google is literally at my (pinky's) finger tips.

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I got a new PC recently and installed 64 Bit Windows 2008 Server.  During my "setup and configuration" phase, I was shocked to find Google had no support for 64 bit Windows operating systems.  Apparently it was available at one time but got pulled because of performance and compatibilities issues.   Oh Google, why has thou forsaken me?

Since I only really wanted the Quick Search functionality, I decided to write my own Google Quick Search clone.  Enter WTF Quick Search.

After installation (it installs itself in the startup folder), pressing Ctrl twice invokes the Quick Search dialog, which looks *ahem* slightly familiar.

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Most of the original Google Quick Search functionality is replicated in the WTF Quick Search.  Since it doesn't leverage the Google Desktop engine, you can't search your local desktop, and support for Google Suggest is on the horizon, but not yet implemented.  Instead this version uses Auto-Complete to remember your previous search terms and offers them as suggestions as you type.

There are a number of Hot keys available for targeted searches.  Pressing Enter searches the web, Ctrl+I performs an image search, Ctrl+N a news search.  You get the idea.  There is a full list of hot keys available in the Options page.

If you like Google's Quick Search, and have either a 64 bit, or 32 bit version of windows, but don't want/need the overhead of local desktop searching, download WTF's Quick Search. (you'll need to rename the .msi_ file extension to .msi before executing it).

As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

 

July 5, 2008 - Update: I've released an new version.  This version fixes a bug with the Search Mode option (web vs program files), adds an Icon to the system tray which lets you show/hide the dialog and exit the application.  I've also added multiple monitor support, the dialog will pop up on the monitor that currently houses the mouse pointer.  Want it to do something else?  something better?  Let me know.  I'm always open to your feedback.

July 22, 2008 - Update: A new version is available that adds hot key support for searching Google Finance (Ctrl+F)

July 29, 2008 - Update: Don't like the Control+Control hotkey?  Define your own.  Video Card doesn't support transparency?  Try the "basic" interface.  Lookup MLS Listings by MLS number with customized MLS market codes. Download it here.

Print | posted on Friday, July 4, 2008 2:51 PM | Filed Under [ General Geekiness ]

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