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    Google Desktop Alternatives

    Google Desktop is described as 'The power of Google on your desktop. Hit ctrl twice and you are ready for a full Google search of you hard drive and networked drives you may have. Indispensable if you need to find files quickly... the price doesn't hurt either!' and is a popular File Search Utility in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Google Desktop for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Google Desktop are Rainmeter (Free, Open Source), Alfred (Freemium), Albert (Free, Open Source) and Cerebro (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 19, 2022
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    1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
      Everything vs Google Desktop opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Everything is still a legitimate alternative to Google Desktop, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      "Everything" does not search in the files content, only in the files names. This is of course a major difference.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

      It doesn't search in the files content.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    2. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
      Rainmeter vs Google Desktop opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Rainmeter does not have a search feature and requires external plugins to imitate the sidebar
      Negative comment over 1 year ago


    3. Alfred is a productivity application for macOS, which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords and text expansion. Search your Mac and the web, and control your Mac using custom actions with the Powerpack.
    4. Access everything with virtually zero effort. Run applications, open files or their paths, open bookmarks in your browser, search the web, calculate things and a lot more. See wiki for more information.
    5. Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX.

    6. Agent Ransack is a tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack also displays the text found. Users can then quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file!
    7. RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.
    8. Instantly find documents, e-mails(full text), attachments, videos, pictures, music(metadata), and other types of files(file names). The size limit of the index of the free version is 75,000.
    9. SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives.
    10. A fast and next-generation desktop search and productivity tool for standard and virtual desktops, for private and enterprise search requirements. Finds documents, outlook archives and e-mails, contacts, appointments, folders, etc.
      Most users think Lookeen Desktop Search is a great alternative to Google Desktop.
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