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Copernic, a well-known developer of web search tools, is entering the desktop search marketplace with the release of a new product today.

Copernic Desktop Search is available now to Windows users free of charge. The full download is very light (just a few megabytes) and contains no spyware or advertising.

While other desktop search products such as x1, 80-20, and dtsearch offer more features, Copernic CEO David Burns said that his goal was to develop a product for the first time desktop searcher.

However, Copernic Desktop Search is far from a bare bones product. It offers plenty of useful features and options for the experienced searcher.

Using Copernic Desktop

Copernic Desktop’s interface is a small search box on the Windows Deskbar. You can run a simple search on either your own computer or the web via this search box. For more precise searches, the program expands with a full console of controls.

To run a search simply enter your terms and select a type of material to search (files, photos, etc.).

Copernics Free Desktop Search

After selecting the search type (or hitting the enter button) a window opens with your results and several options to refine them. You can refine by filetype, date, file size, and folder.

The “Quick Preview” feature is a real time saver. It allows you to see the full text of each document in the results list WITHOUT having to open the actual document. The preview also highlights all of your search terms. You’ll find the “Quick Preview” panel directly below the results list.

Results can be sorted by folder name, date modified, or file type directly from the results panel.

You have several options to control the indexing process. Content can be saved as it is indexed, at a specific time, or at regular intervals. You can also choose what folder(s) are or are not indexed.