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Google Desktop Space Usage

Google Desktop is desktop search software made by Google. The program allows searches of a user's computer files, e-mails, music, photos, chats, Web pages viewed, and other more. It is a very handy program and can perform local searches very easily and very quickly. However, there is a downside to this quick and easy search ability, Google desktop is a space hog. Also, Google desktop has to constantly update its indexes to keep up with the constant changes to your files, emails, etc.

Google Desktop creates a completely different index for each user on your machine. For each of these profiles, we found the index to take up about 2 GB of space. This can quickly add up if you have a few different users for your computer. You can check the Google Desktop index at C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop.

If you are running low on disk space, it could be a good idea to remove Google desktop as it will free up quite a bit of space. Also, removing Google desktop may give you a small speed boost as well. Google Desktop needs to constantly run in the background to keep its index up to date. Removing Google desktop will free up these CPU cycles for other stuff.

Removing Google Desktop

Removing Google desktop is quite easy. Click Start -> Programs -> Google Desktop -> Uninstall Google Desktop. You will want to select the 'Remove completely for all users' option. Make sure you deselect the 'Keep index and gadgets' checkbox. Deselecting this option will remove the large index files. Next, click the uninstall button.

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