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Although Google Desktop was discontinued long ago, I kept the installer and was able to continue to use it. The functionality that I used the most was "hit Ctrl twice and bring up a Google search". This is not "bring up Google.com in the browser" but it is a search box that appears on top of whatever windows I have open, and after typing the query and hitting Enter it directs me to Google.com with the search results displayed.

I still have it installed, but somehow the Ctrl-Ctrl hotkey stopped working. (Maybe because of a Windows update.) What I'm looking for is

  • Repair the hotkey if possible; what may have turned it off and how to restore previous behaviour
  • Or else: software offering similar functionality

Of course if neither is possible, I may set up AutoHotkey or something to associate Ctrl-Ctrl with Google.com.

(I don't need the Desktop Search functionality, only Web Search.)

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This is known as the old google quicksearch box. The best way to get it is from the I.E. google search bar. Is there a Google button beside your start button on your taskbar? –  Darth Android May 16 '13 at 18:31
@DarthAndroid Nope. I'm on Windows 7 if that matters. –  marczellm May 16 '13 at 18:33
Oh sorry, asked too early. Restarting GD fixed the hotkey. Should I close the question now? –  marczellm May 16 '13 at 18:45
You could also post that as an answer and accept it (i.e., "Restarting Google desktop reregistered the hotkey.") That way, others experiencing the same issue will find your answer! –  Darth Android May 16 '13 at 18:47

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Exiting and restarting Google Desktop should restore the hotkey.

(Note that this hotkey does not always bring up the search box, such as when running a browser in fullscreen mode.)

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You can configure a hotkey to directly start your browser, then search directly from there; usually most keyboards and laptops have a dedicated "home page" launcher key that serve this purpose.
That's kind of a workaround, but the result is the same.

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