Find That Missing File in Seconds

For me, one of the most satisfying things about having a home based business is not having to supervise staff.

And one of the most frustrating things I found early in my home based business career was not having staff to call upon to do things like searching for the file I really needed and couldn’t find!

Then I discovered desktop PC search. As most of what I’ve done professionally for years has had some expression in a document file, spreadsheet file or email, desktop search was an unalloyed boon.

My favourite search tool is, I’m proud to say, Australian-grown Isys. With customers from the US Department of Homeland Security to the UK Metropolitan Police, the Ford Motor Company and the World Trade Organisation, this is non-trivial software. When this company was younger and their prices lower, I had their desktop search software installed and it was brilliant. Checking their website and seeing what they offer now I feel a bit sheepish that I didn’t upgrade after the first couple of years. Almost certainly I would have saved myself a lot of time searching for elusive documents and emails.

The latest version appears to be more expensive than the earlier versions – ‘less than $1,000’ the website says, presumably closer to $1,000 than $100 – but I’m sure still great value for money.

The fact is, Isys spoiled me for anything else.

Then Google desktop search came along and I was impressed enough with this as a free product, but after a while I found myself comparing it unfavourably with Isys.

Now, while I save up for a current version of Isys, there is a very nice search tool available courtesy of Microsoft, the MSN Toolbar, a free download for users of Windows 2000 and XP.  It claims to recognise 200-plus file types. I’ve downloaded it, tried it and so far I am impressed. 

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About Des Walsh

I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.