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Quickbooks Tip: Install Google Search Tool

I HIGHLY recommend installing "Quickbooks Search powered by Google Desktop".  So much easier to search for checks, dollar amounts, invoices, anything. I couldn't live without it.  It takes a while to index your data after you install it, but after that you won't even know it's there.


Bryan Frey
Title: VP Finance/Corp Controller
(VP Finance/Corp Controller, ) |

I always wondered whether that indexed only your QB files or if it indexed your whole computer (which i don't want b/c i use a different desktop search technology). Any ideas?

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Mark Von Der Linn
Title: Principal
(Principal, |

I'm not sure. I think you might have to install it along with plain old Google Desktop, which means everything on your PC would get indexed. But that shouldn't matter. The index of one tool shouldn't interfere with that of another, though if you are really concerned, you should check with someone more expert than I.

Bob Newton
Title: President
Company: The Corporate Finance Group
(President, The Corporate Finance Group) |

They have been caught installing and using spyware with their "tools". I can't afford a data security breach, and therefore only use Google for search and YouTube videos.

Steve Glaiser
Title: Co-Founder CTO & Treasurer
Company: KruGlu Inc.
(Co-Founder CTO & Treasurer, KruGlu Inc.) |

I understand the ease of use, or the fact that searching seems so much better with Google. However, the indexing is very deep, and I would think being a company it's important to keep all information protected - especially your financial data?

I, for one, restrict use of Google. Everyone else in the company understands the risk and is asked to limit their use. With everyone soooo in love with GMail, you really need to keep in top of what is sent around as well. Just remember, the e-mails you send through gmail, and all the mail you forward to gmail, is indexed ...

I'd worry, really ...

Topic Expert
Mark Von Der Linn
Title: Principal
(Principal, |

I assume the index file is stored on my local machine (and if so should be secure). Does anyone know if this is correct?
Also, I understand the point that there is potential for Google to do some spying here (though I believe it to be unlikely). Has anyone researched whether or not Google Desktop has or can been used that way? I have to believe there are some sharp programmer folks out there who have checked it out.


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