Simple Custom Search is a compact and portable tool which makes it easy to run web searches from your desktop.

The program has a very straightforward interface. At a minimum, all you have to do is enter a keyword or two in the Search box, click your engine of choice - Google, Bing, Wikipedia, YouTube and more - and your default browser will open to display the results.

Alternatively, right-clicking an engine will launch a search for the contents of your clipboard.

If the black background is a little too gloomy for your tastes, then you're able to choose something else.

And perhaps most usefully, you're not restricted to the 12 search engines included by default. You can freely add others, or edit the search strings of the existing engines, to help deliver the results you need.

There's still nothing too clever here. You can't minimise the program to your system tray, for instance. It doesn't add "Search" links to your right-click menus, or otherwise integrate with your system in any way.

Simple Custom Search is straightforward, easy to use and entirely free of catches, though (there's no adware or anything else). If this kind of basic desktop search tool might be useful to you, then we'd recommend giving it a try.

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It's rather basic, but Simple Custom Search's configurability and ease of use mean it could be worth a look