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GOOGLE

SEARCH GOOGLE WITHOUT A BROWSER

The Annoyance:

Like everyone else, I use Google for everything except washing my dishes (and from what I hear, Google is working on it). But even the superfast Google Toolbar requires me to launch my browser. I'm a speed junkie—how can I avoid this time drain?

The Fix:

Download the Google Deskbar, available from http://toolbar.google.com/deskbar. Once installed, it runs as a small box on XP's toolbar. To search Google, no matter what program you're in, press Ctrl-Alt-G, type your search terms into the box, and press Enter. (If you select text in your current document and press this keystroke combination, Google will search for that text.) A small mini-viewer will pop up with your search results, as shown in Figure 8-11. You can visit sites in the mini-viewer with a click, or you can send them to your browser by clicking the arrow in the upper-left corner. When you click away from the mini-viewer, it vanishes. You can make the window larger or smaller by dragging its top-left corner. Of course, your PC must be connected to the Internet for the Google Deskbar to work.


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