MSN Desktop Search – How can you find specific e-mail messages and documents quickly

May 10, 2006

With Windows Desktop Search (WDS)!
Use the WDS Tool to find specific e-mail messages or documents. This tool allows for flexible search criteria and is extremely quick. Have a look in the help file of the MSN Desktop Search Engine; you will be astonished what's possible.WDS is part of the MSN Toolbar Suite and can be downloaded at http://desktop.msn.com. Simply download and install the toolbar. Give it some time to create an index-file for your computer. This may take about 10 minutes but no user-interaction is required. You can then start to search. For your convenience it is a good idea to place the the search-tool in the taskbar. Here it is always available and can be accessed easily.

Type your search criteria in the text-input field of the MSN Desktop Search Tool and the tool will find e-mail messages and other documents on your local machine. The magic thing is the criteria you can enter. For example, if you type "to:Jon" the search engine will find all e-mail messages on your machine that have been sent to "Jon" (or names starting with 'Jon'). Another example is "from:Bill topicA topicB". This will search for e-mail messages sent by Bill which contain either "topicA" or "topicB".

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