In the last few months several companies have introduced programs to index your files and your Outlook folders and let you find e-mail messages, contacts, or file attachments as easily as you can find something online. It is intoxicating to have the power to find a needle instantly in our oversized Outlook haystacks.

Here’s a review of eight of the free programs. PC Magazine picks Yahoo! Desktop Search as its Editors Choice, also my recommendation; Yahoo! Desktop Search is a reduced version of X1 Desktop Search, a $75 program that adds the ability to search through files in network folders and through Outlook Public Folders.

If your Outlook folders are becoming unwieldy, installing one of these programs is a life-changing event. Give one a try!

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