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Google searching made easy

The Google Search Tool is a small utility designed to make it easy to use the Google search engine without having to navigate to the site itself. It looks to be well designed and flexible, but I can’t help thinking that it’s probably overkill for those of us who simply want to do fast look ups.

My absolutely essential search tool is QuickSearch, which is a free component of the Microsoft Web Accessories pack. Once installed and configured, it allows you to enter a short alias – I use g for Google – and the search term into the browser address bar for a quick search. So by entering – g Ford cars – I get a Google results page listing Ford cars. It’s unbeatably fast and perfect for the kind of quick and dirty searches I do all day long.

It’s an exe file which can be moved from computer to computer via the links folder, and contrary to Microsoft’s claims it works perfectly in IE 6 and Windows XP.

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