About Toolbar Options
The Google Toolbar offers a wide range of options to make your web travels
more pleasant and productive. To customize your Toolbar, click the Options button
or click on the Google logo in your Toolbar and select Options from the drop-down
menu. The Options window contains three tabs: Options, More, and AutoFill.
- Use Google site - Specify which Google domain to use for your search.
For example, select the google.co.uk domain as the default for your Toolbar
searches if you are primarily interested in searching web pages from the
United Kingdom. While your first search will be of the entire web, your
results page will give you the extra option of viewing only those results
within the .uk domain. See also Search Country.
- Open a new window to display results each time you search - Opens
a new browser window instead of displaying results in the current window.
- Drop-down search history - By default, your previous searches
are stored in the drop-down list under the search box. If you would prefer
not to keep past searches, clear the checkbox.
- Highlight button - Highlights the words you entered in the search
box wherever they appear on the current page. Each term you searched for
appears with a different background color. Click the highlight button
to toggle this feature on or off.
- Word find buttons - Finds the words you searched for, wherever
they appear on the current page. Word find buttons appear on the right
end of the Toolbar as you type them into the search box. Click a word
find button and you jump to that term on the page in your browser. Click
the word find button again to find the second instance of the word, and
so on. At the end of the page, clicking the button cycles through the
instances of that word again. If you enter two words, a second word-find
button appears in the Toolbar for the second word. If you delete the words
from the search box, or replace them, the buttons adjust to
what you do.
- Browse By Name - Save time by typing names instead of URLs into your browser's address bar. Learn more.
- Page Information
- PageRank display - Gives an indication of the
PageRank for the page you're currently viewing. PageRank is the importance Google
assigns to a page based on an automatic calculation that factors in the
link structure of the web and many other variables. In order to automatically
update this display for each page you visit, the Toolbar sends information
about the page you are viewing to the Google servers. Google, Inc. does
not collect information that directly identifies you (e.g., your name,
email address) and will not sell or provide personally identifiable information
to any third parties. We strongly encourage you to read our privacy
policy for more information on this topic. If you decide to disable
this functionality, you will no longer see the PageRank for pages you
- Page Info button - Gives you access to more information about
the page you're viewing. From the button's drop-down menu, you can choose
the following options:
- Cached Snapshot of Page: Shows a snapshot of the current
page as it looked when Google crawled it.
- Similar Pages: Finds web pages similar to the current page.
- Backward Links: Shows which pages link to the current page.
- Translate into English: Translates web pages into
- Pop-up Blocker - Prevents annoying popup ads from appearing over,
under, and next to websites you visit. For more details, check out our
- AutoFill button - Eliminates the need to type your personal information
into web forms (such as store shopping carts). Enter the information you
want stored on your computer. This information is secure and will not
be transmitted unless you tell AutoFill to place it into a form. If AutoFill
thinks it can fill in information based on what you've told it, it displays
the field it wants to fill in yellow and asks your permission to plug
in your data (e.g., name or address).
- BlogThis! - "Blog" stands for web log, your own online
journal for publishing information on the web. The Blogger site is currently only available in English. To use this feature you
must set up a free account with Google's Blogger service. If you have
an existing Blogger account already, you can use that as well. When you
use BlogThis!, you create a blog post that points to the web page you're
visiting. If you highlight text on the web page, that text will also appear
in your blog post.
- News button - Takes you directly to Google
News, which culls information from thousands of news sources worldwide
and automatically presents the most relevant news first. Topics are updated
continuously, so you see new stories each time you visit.
- Options button - Opens the Toolbar Options window. Although the
Options command is already in the Google logo drop-down menu, you may
want to keep an Options button readily available on the Toolbar itself.
- Restore Defaults
- Returns the default settings to what they were when you downloaded the
- Search Options
- Save the search history across browser sessions - Keeps track
of your prior searches.
- Automatically search when you select from the search history
- Performs a search again if you select it from your search history list.
- Remember last search type - Search type refers to the kinds of
searches you see when you click the drop-down arrow next to Search Web
on the Toolbar. Select this option if you want the Toolbar to remember
the type of search you selected here, especially if it was something other
than a web search. (e.g. Current Site, Google Images, I'm Feeling Lucky,
- Use Google as my default search engine in Internet Explorer -
This is a simple way to set your Internet Explorer browser to search using Google if it can't find the URL you entered.
- Include special searches on search menu - The "special searches"
perform a Google search on these specific subjects: Linux, BSD Unix, US
Government, Apple Macintosh, and Microsoft. If you often search on one
or more of these subjects, check this option.
- Web buttons
- Up - Enables you to navigate up one level in the site you're
currently visiting. For example, if you are currently viewing http://www.example.com/articles/may/money.html:
- Clicking Up takes you to: http://www.example.com/articles/may/
- Clicking Up again takes you to: http://www.example.com/articles/
- Next & Previous - These buttons take you to the next or the
previous result for the current search without returning to the Google
search results page. It works only on the first page of results, taking
you from one URL to another through the first 10 results.
- Category - If the page you are viewing has a related category
in the Google Web Directory, clicking this button takes you to that category
page. The Category button is one of the Toolbar's advanced features, which
sends information back to Google when it's activated. We encourage you
see what this entails.
- Voting Buttons - You can vote for or against a page or search
result by using these buttons. Click the happy or unhappy faces to tell
Google that you like or dislike a particular page. These buttons also
can be used to report especially good or bad results after searching with
Google. Indicate satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your results by
clicking the appropriate button while still on the search results page.
This feature is in test mode for now, so you won't see any immediate effects
by voting for or against a page.
- Extra search buttons
- The Combo button - Includes different types of searches in one
drop-down menu. If you select the "Remember last search type"
option, what you choose in the Combo menu continues to be the default
search type until you choose another type of search. For example, if you
choose "Google Images," it conducts subsequent searches as image
searches, not web searches.
- Search Site - Enter your search terms in the text box, then
click "Search Site" to search for your terms just within the
pages of the current website.
- I'm Feeling Lucky - Automatically takes you to the top
result Google returned for your query. You go directly to that website,
so you don't see the other search results found by Google.
- Search Images - Gives you access to Google's Image Search,
the most comprehensive on the web. Enter a query in the Toolbar Search
Box and click the Search Images button.
- Search Groups - Enables you to easily search within Google
Groups, Google's Usenet archive. To use this service, enter your
search text into the Toolbar search box and click the Search Groups
- Search Directory - Search the
Web Directory, which combines the Open Directory Project (the largest
human-edited directory on the web) with Google's own ranking system
to give you an extremely useful tool for finding information within
a broad set of categories. Just enter your search terms into the Toolbar
search box and click the Search Directory button.
- Search Froogle - Froogle is Google's product search service.
Type what you want to find in the search box and Froogle displays links
to relevant products and the stores that sell them. Froogle features
include photos and a way to sort your results by price.
- Search Country - If you have a
domain other than www.google.com
selected in the Use Google site drop-down list (on the Options tab), you
can use this option to quickly restrict the search to your preferred
country domain. For example, if you select Use Google site google.ca,
then the country search returns results for Canada. (Search Country
is not available unless you have a domain other than www.google.com
selected in the Use Google site list.)
- Button text labels - You can select how you want the buttons
to appear on your Toolbar.
- All text
- Selective text only
- No text
- Automatically highlight fields that AutoFill can fill - AutoFill
detects fields it can fill with the information you've given it and highlights
those fields in yellow. Clear the checkbox if you prefer not to see the
- Play a sound when blocking pop-ups
The third tab in the Toolbar Options window is AutoFill. The nifty AutoFill
feature deserves its very own page.