TECH TIP: The New Google
Toolbars! Toolbars! There are more add-on
Microsoft Explorer toolbars than Carter has liver pills
(anyone still take those things?)! Check out this link to read
about some of the toolbars that are available:
The 3 best
toolbars are the Google Toolbar, the Yahoo Toolbar, and the all
new MSN Toolbar. Go to this site to read about these 3 toolbars:
In the future, MSN
will give Google a serious run for their money – keep an
eye on that one.
But – which one do I use?
Well, since Google provides around 75% of external
referrals for most websites (including our own), that’s the one I use. To
be sure, Google is a great search engine and has a
great toolbar – but one which carries some
criticism - more about that later. First we talk about the neat
features of the new Google 3.0 Toolbar (the pros).
It has all the features of
the previous versions plus some new features. The
old features includes:
This does an effective job helping block most popups. If you have
Windows XP, Service Pack 2, you also have an effective built-in popup
blocker. Between these 2 tools, “popup nausea” is a thing of the past.
Word Find and
Highlight: One of my favorite features – when you search for a
word or phrase, that word or phrase is highlighted in the pages that
Want quick news headlines – click on the news icon in the toolbar.
There are links to the headlines to the major news websites (CNN, Fox,
NY Times, etc). I like it – it’s fast and concise.
Google ranks the page in importance to your search – it’s their
opinion. I turn this option off – not necessary.
Allows you to fill out forms with the click on a button. Shopping
couldn’t be easier. I turn it off – I don’t want personal information
stored on my computer.
Anyone keep a blog. You can create a webblog post which points to the
page you are visiting. OK – so nobody has a blog – forget it!
(Here’s an interesting article about weblogging
And now – the
You can place the mouse over a word without clicking and you will get
the translation of that word in the language of your choice (Chinese,
Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, maybe a few
others). Could this help me learn a few more Spanish words?
If you have a form to fill out, you can check the spelling in the form.
Very cool – I can submit my self-evaluation without all the spelling
errors! I turn it off until I need it.
Uh-oh – this one’s a little controversial. This will add links
to the webpage you are viewing – maybe that you don’t want. I turn this
Uh-oh – another controversial one. This will automatically update your
Google Toolbar without asking you – and, you can’t turn it off!
OK – now for the last
2 Uh-oh’s. There is some controversy about the
Autolink and the Auto Update.
It seems that Google is taking some liberties that some
do not appreciate. With Autolink, Google adds some links on a webpage you
are viewing to provide you with information they say will be helpful. For
instance, it will add a link to a map for an address on a webpage. Or a
link to Amazon.com for information on purchasing a book that you have done
a search on. Here is a website that will tell you more about this
feature. Remember, I turn this feature off, so it doesn’t bother me.
And finally, 2
more links for you to read more about the pros and cons – mostly
cons here, about the Google Toolbar.
Here is Google’s
webpage which details the latest-greatest Google Toolbar
Google Toolbar has more
pros than cons for me – so I use it.
Decide for yourself!