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InSight Desktop Search

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Just about every Windows feature is bound to disappoint some users at some point, since it obviously can't be everything to everybody but has to try. Take the Windows Search feature: Does it always find exactly what you're looking for the first time, and quickly? Didn't think so. Many third-party apps tout enhanced search capabilities that go beyond what Windows offers. InSight Desktop Search is a free search engine for Windows that can quickly find what you're looking for anywhere in your system or network, and can also fetch information online from Wikipedia and other sites. But finding stuff is just part of what InSight does; it can also store Quick Launch shortcuts to quickly access files, programs, and Web links, and it's even a full-featured music player and jukebox.

InSight's Getting Started dialog explains how to set up and use the program, beginning with indexing your hard drives. We opened the program's tiny main view, clicked the settings icon, and then clicked each of our seven drive partitions to index them one by one, a process that took a few minutes. There's an icon to add or remove Outlook folders for searching, too; InSight will only search through specified Outlook mailboxes. The program's compact, expanding interface resides in the center top of your desktop view and displays a digital clock by default. Moving the cursor over the clock display changes it to a search field. We entered a search term and clicked Enter, and results quickly populated expandable categories for applications, media, documents, images, and miscellaneous; clicking any search result opened the item. Along the bottom of the interface there's a series of icons for directly searching Outlook mail, Wikipedia, and music files. We clicked the music icon, and the music search interface opened with built-in media player controls and a timer. We searched for a tune and clicked it in the results, and InSight played, paused, and otherwise performed just like any other music player.

We like InSight Desktop Search a lot, and it does a lot, especially when it comes to its main duty, improved searching. We wish you could drag it to other places on the desktop instead being limited to center top, especially since today's desktops have so much real estate. Still, InSight is a standout among free search tools.

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3 stars

"Choosing above others despite some truly annoying flaws"

November 01, 2013  |  By randalusa

2013-11-01 11:19:01  |  By randalusa

 |  Version: InSight Desktop Search


1. Desktop search box always there
2. Nice clock when not using the search box
3. Very quick searching
4. Searches by category and shows progress by each one


1. Refuses placement anywhere but top
2. Even if sliding to the right, it moves back to the center later
3. Will plop itself right over desktop shortcuts
4. Settings menu is devoid of information or features
5. Where are the instructions? I would like a keyboard shortcut, for example, since neither this or others offer to put themselves in where the Windows search inside the Start menu is found.


Well, the Windows search is refusing to work for me. When diagnosing the condition, they simply offer a series of errors. Then performing internet searches for those discussing the errors leads to one of those hit and miss periods of reading about what other frustrated users have discovered, or not discovered.

Therefore, here I am in the world of seeking a desktop search. Locate32 is okay. Others would be too, though all require clicking, which is a pain when the desktop is hidden due to a full-screen window being open. Locate32 does offer a System Tray placement. And it IS in there, yet hidden despite my clicking for the thing to be always visible.

For now, until getting the energy for a third trip into frustrated user world in hopes of fixing the Windows search, I am sticking with Insight, a flawed offering that still wins because of the visible presence. Yes, I do still have to minimize if a window is presently full-screen. But at least the search box is there right then without needing to double-click a shortcut, wait for the program to open, THEN start a search.

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1 stars

"keeps crashing when searching outlook 2007"

November 16, 2010  |  By kpoe

2010-11-16 19:54:12  |  By kpoe

 |  Version: InSight Desktop Search


free is good


i need to search multiple mailboxes and outlook data files. this program crashed each time i attempted to do an e-mail search. running outlook 2007.

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2 stars

"Does not search file contents."

November 04, 2010  |  By PixelMetrics

2010-11-04 09:09:10  |  By PixelMetrics

 |  Version: InSight Desktop Search


Very attractive.


Only searches file names, not file contents, does not find text in text files.Wants to sit on top of screen like a toolbar, does not run inside Windows Explore or like a normal program. Program isn't digitally signed.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version new user interface and Grouping of results based on type.
Publisher InSight
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Release Date March 22, 2010
Date Added March 24, 2010
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Search Tools
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Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
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File Size 2.58MB
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Total Downloads 5,687
Downloads Last Week 4
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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