Final Version of Google Quick Search Box for Macs
Article by George Norman
On 10 Jun 2009
Google has announced that work on the Quick Search Box for Mac has been completed and consequently the software is available for download. Please note that this is the final and stable version of Google Quick Search Box for Mac, not the developer preview that was launched back in January, the one we reported upon here. So if you want to use a lightweight app that will allow you to perform local document searches, app searches and web searches, then go ahead and download Quick Search Box for Mac.

Product Manager Ryan Tabone and Karen Grünberg comment: “When most people think of Google, search comes to mind – and rightly so! Hundreds of millions of people have come to know and love as their starting point for searching the Internet. About 2 years ago, we introduced Google Desktop to extend Google search capabilities to your Mac and, earlier this year, we launched a developer preview of the next evolution of search outside the browser. Today, we're officially releasing this technology to all users as the Google Quick Search Box (or QSB for short).”


Google Quick Search Box for Mac features:
- Search for all sorts of info, ranging from local files you have stored locally to applications, web data.
- Just as in Google Search, Quick Search Box for Mac comes with the Autosuggest feature. This feature is powerful enough to throw all sorts of suggestions your way, ranging from locally stored data, apps, browser history and contacts.
- Press the Tab button or the right arrow upon selecting a search result to access a list of actions (IM contacts, play a song, send out an email).
- Control + spacebar shortcut to quickly launch Google Quick Search Box for Mac.
- Press Command twice to launch Quick Search Box for Mac if you already have Google Desktop installed on your machine.
- Google Quick Search Box for Macs is extensible, meaning that with the right plug-in you can search over additional data and perform more actions on results. A Twitter plug-in is already available for you to enable and send tweets from within QSB.
- QSB saves HDD space and computing power by using Spotlight’s index to find files.
- Enter a calculation and you will be provided with the answer.
- Enter a word and you will be provided with a definition.

As you use Google Quick Search Box for Mac more and more, it will learn to refine the list of results. Ryan Tabone and Karen Grünberg again: “As you use the Google Quick Search Box more, it will learn which results you are likely to want. The goal here is that we get you to what you're looking for as quickly as possible. In the above example, if you chose Google Calendar, the next time you search for "cal", Google QSB will reorder the results so that you don't have to arrow down to your desired choice. Instead, you can just type "cal" and press enter.”

If you would like to get Google Quick Search Box, a download location is available here.

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