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Gmail Search Extended to Google Docs

by Winston Sih | August 19, 2010August 19, 2010 10:51 am PDT

The search giant is widening its potential reach by integrating Gmail search via their “Labs” beta program.  This new feature enables users to search for e-mails and documents, according to Google on Wednesday.

This search feature provides search results from one’s e-mail messages, and now Google Docs.  In addition, Google has added a “Did you mean?” option to Gmail search. The feature works the same way as it does on Google Search when it senses that a query was mistyped. The option lets users choose what it suggests as the correctly spelled query.

Upon trying this new feature, the old “Search Mail” button next to the search box is changed to “Search Mail and Docs.”  The tool works the same as prior, however now it shows results from both Google Docs and Google Sites.

Slower load times will occur with these searches as according to Google, it’s the non-mail results that take longer to load, so those who are just looking for an e-mail won’t be slowed down. Still, it would have been nice to have non-mail results pop up quicker.

The option is now available for trial in the “Labs” menu of Gmail and Google Docs.


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