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Windows Desktop Search opens files automatically!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jjb1776, Mar 25, 2008.

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    jjb1776 Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2008
    XP SP2:

    I LOVE Windows Desktop Search 3.01 except for ONE feature that renders it all useless and sends me back to Copernic:

    When I highlight an item (Word, PDF, htm) it automatically opens with the associated program (Word, Adobe, IE). This is driving me crazy. Doesn't seem to happen with Powerpoint but what use is a search engine that is constantly opening up files that you are "previewing" and searching????????

    Is this a bug or a "feature." Please tell me it isn't one of those Microsoft "features" that is "good for you" (i.e., they will never get rid of it). If it is a feature, is there any way to turn it off.

    This happens on my two newest computers (Gateway, Compaq) but not on my old Dell (also XP SP2). It has to be some setting but the option settings on WDS 3.01 are extremely limited.

    I keep trying to believe that one day Microsoft programs "will just work" like the native ones on Mac but I've been waiting since 1989. I envy Mac people who don't have to search for third-party apps to fill in all the gaps, then worry about incompatibilities. I'll give this forum another week and then I'll scrap WDS (again) for Copernic. Sigh.
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