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Windows 7: Install and use Federated Search Connectors

Windows 7 has a great feature called “Federated Search” that allows you to add “search connectors” that let you perform searches of internet-connected web sites and databases in addition to just searching your local files. Here’s how to use them: First thing’s – you’ve to download the zip file, from the dialog box that appears, just click “Open,” and the connector’ll be installed automatically. Now, you can perform searches from within any open Explorer window – just use the search box in the upper-right corner. Here’s an example of Twitter searching for the phrase “new Twitter app”. Notice how search terms’ve been highlighted in the results and the results themselves’re sorted in chronological order with the newest posts first.

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