Announcing MSN Desktop Search

Today we officially announced the Beta release of MSN Toolbar Suite with Desktop Search.  We are excited to hear what you think and to see how Desktop Search gets used.  Check it out at when you have a chance and send us feedback!


With Desktop Search you can quickly find files, emails or pictures on your computer.  We hope you find it’s not just a fast way to search, it’s a better way to get your everyday tasks done. 


Over the next few weeks we are planning to write up some of our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of Desktop Search. Here are two quick ones to get you started in the right way:


Start any task, quicker

By default you can jump focus to the Deskbar by pressing CTR+ALT+M.  For fans of the Window’s key – go to Deskbar options and enter SHIFT+Q (or any letter not already in use).  Now when you press Windows+Q you’ll jump to the Deskbar and be ready to search right away. 


Find entire conversations

After finding an email you were looking for, try right-clicking on it.  Select “Show Conversation” and we’ll automatically refine the search results to show all the emails from the conversation thread. 


– David Dawson, Group Program Manager, MSN Desktop Search

p.s: Channel 9 posted some interviews with the Desktop Search Team this morning.  Check them out to find out more about how the product was built!