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I use Google Desktop as an application launcher. Sometimes Quick Search Box doesn't get keyboard focus.


  1. Start cmd.exe
  2. Press Ctrl Ctrl, Quick Search Box will appear.
  3. Type blah

Observe: blah appears in cmd.exe

Expected: blah should appear in Quick Search Box.

I have Google Desktop 5.8.0809.23506-en-pb and Windows XP. Is there any workaround? Is it fixed in version 5.9?

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I get the expected results. Slightly dumb question: How do I find out what version of Google Desktop I have? – MatrixFrog Jul 17 '09 at 1:57
Right-click on Google Desktop icon in tray, select About... – Pavel Chuchuva Jul 17 '09 at 2:19
I totally forgot about that icon; I always just use ctrl-ctrl. In any case, this is the version, although I doubt it's still relevant: "Google Desktop 5.8.0811.04345-en-pb" – MatrixFrog Jul 24 '09 at 7:17
up vote 1 down vote accepted

It is fixed in version 5.9

Update: No, it still happens after some time. Restarting Google Desktop fixes the problem.

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why don't you mark this answer of yours as accepted? – cregox Feb 19 '10 at 21:53
@Cawas I did that. – Pavel Chuchuva Feb 22 '10 at 5:17

Does it get focus if you press Ctrl Ctrl a second time (four times in total?). I used to have a similar problem with Launchy, and it fixed it by hitting the key combination for it.

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If I do this the Quick Search Box disappears. – Pavel Chuchuva Jul 18 '09 at 21:16
What about pressing the combo another time? – Josh Hunt Jul 19 '09 at 2:38
Focus is still at cmd.exe – Pavel Chuchuva Jul 19 '09 at 22:42

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