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Encyclopedia > MSN Search Toolbar

The MSN Search Toolbar is a toolbar for Internet Explorer. As well as providing tabbed browsing capabilities for Internet Explorer, it includes Windows Desktop Search which runs in the background and indexes all files and emails found in Windows Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, and/or Microsoft Outlook Express. It provides a simple search interface that resides in the taskbar that starts to list its results as the user types in a search query, making it easy to search across emails, pictures, text files, and documents with a single search criterion. An early toolbar on a Xerox Alto Computer In a graphical user interface on a computer monitor a toolbar is a row, column, or block of onscreen buttons or icons that, when clicked, activate certain functions of the program. ... Windows Internet Explorer, previously Microsoft Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE, or MSIE,[1] is a graphical web browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. ... In graphical user interfaces in computer applications, a tabbed document interface (TDI) is one that relies on tabbed panes to hold child windows. ... Windows Desktop Search is an indexing application released by Microsoft. ... Windows Explorer running on Windows XP Windows Explorer is an application that is part of modern versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. ... Screenshot of Outlook 2003 Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, and is part of the Microsoft Office suite. ... Outlook Express for Mac Microsoft Outlook Express is a email client and NNTP news reader bundled with operating systems and the Internet Explorer web browser by Microsoft, and also available as a no-charge download for the classic Apple Macintosh operating system (although not for the newer Mac OS X... In computing, the taskbar is a term for the application desktop bar which is used to launch and monitor applications in Microsoft Windows 95 and later operating systems. ...


It also provides a form filler and interface to MSN services. Rival search toolbars include the Google Toolbar and the Yahoo! Toolbar. A form filler is a software program that automatically fills forms in a UI. Form fillers can be part of a larger program, like a password manager or a enterprise single sign-on (E-SSO) solution. ... For other uses, see MSN (disambiguation). ... Googles main pages unusually spartan design, uncluttered appearance and quick loading time have contributed greatly to the sites mass appeal. ...


On the other hand, the toolbar search bar can cause confusion due to its similarity to the URL address bar.


Controversial bundling

The toolbar is bundled with some popular freely-downloadable software; most notably MSN Messenger. The option to install the software is selected by default, and some users see this as unethical - as it is similar to the tactics used by some P2P programs to trick users into 'consenting' to having spyware on their computers. However, many other companies bundle different pieces of software into one installer (e.g. Apple's QuickTime for Windows download also installs iTunes) and the MSN Toolbar itself is not 'harmful' in any particular way. If the user decides that he/she does not want the toolbar, it can be uninstalled without affecting the software it was bundled with. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Windows Live Messenger. ... QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Computer, capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of interactive panoramic images. ...


See also

Wikipedia on MSN Explorer MSN Explorer is a web browser which comes with Windows XP that integrates MSN features such as Hotmail and MSN Messenger with a web browser. ...

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MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search PC Magazine - Find Articles (649 words)
In beta since last summer, the final MSN Search Toolbar is essentially a suite of tools that includes search toolbars for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook and Windows Explorer, and the MSN Deskbar for Windows' taskbar, all of which let you search local files and the Web.
MSN Toolbar has not changed much since last December, but the installation, along with the functionality and effectiveness of desktop search, which we reviewed in beta form here, has.
MSN Search Toolbar does not necessarily lead the desktop, toolbar search pack, but it's fast, achieves an admirable level of integration and, thanks to a preview pane returns search results in an attractive and usable format.
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