Google Toolbar

00 About Google Toolbar Features

Your Google Toolbar displays a number of icons representing each feature offered. Here's what they mean.

Google Pull Down Menu: Click the "Google" logo on the left side of the Google Toolbar to display a menu of handy links, including pointers to toolbar options, other Google services, and help. Check out the complete list for a description of all the items you can access from this menu.

Search Web

Google Search Box: The heart of the Google Toolbar. Use it to do a Google search from anywhere on the web. Just enter your search terms in the text box, then hit Enter or click "Search." Recent searches appear in the drop-down menu below the search box (this feature can be turned off using the options settings). To resize the search box, point to the right of the box and drag to the size you like.

Press Alt-G to move your cursor into the search box without using your mouse.

Tip: Hold the Shift key to display the results of your search in a new window. (Find more Google search tips in our Help Center.)

Search Country

New! Search Country: If you have a domain other than 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. To learn more, visit the options help page.

Search Site

Search Site: Search for information just within the pages of the website you're visiting. Enter your search terms in the text box and click "Search Site." Google returns results just from that website (e.g., instead of the entire web.

I'm Feeling Lucky

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. To add this button, click next to the 4-leaf clover icon on the More tab of the Options menu.

Tip: You can turn any search into an 'I'm Feeling Lucky' search by holding down the Alt key when you click on the search button.

Search Images

Search Images: Gives you access to Google Image Search, the most comprehensive compendium of images on the web. Just enter a query in the Toolbar search box and hit the Search Images button. To add this button, click next to the picture frame icon on the More tab of the Options menu.

Search Groups

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 button. To add this button, click next to the word balloon icon on the More tab of the Options menu.

Search Directory

Search Directory: Search the Google 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. To add this button, click next to the open book icon on the More tab of the Options menu.


News: 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. This button should appear by default when you download the Toolbar, but if you need to add it, click next to the newspaper icon on the Options tab of the Options menu.

Search Froogle

New! Search Froogle: Froogle is Google's product search service. This button takes you to a Froogle search results page for the term you entered into the search box. On it you'll find relevant products and links to the stores that sell them. To add this button, click next to the shopping bag icon in the Extra Search buttons section on the More tab of the Options menu.

Voting buttons: If you especially like or dislike a web page you're visiting and want to share your opinion with Google, you can vote thumbs up by clicking the happy face or thumbs down by clicking the unhappy face. These buttons can also be used to report especially useful or unsatisfactory results after searching with Google. Just click the appropriate button while you're still on the results page. This feature is currently in test mode, so you will not notice any immediate effects based on your action, other than experiencing a warm sense of satisfaction from having shared your feelings with people who really do care.

PageRank™: 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're viewing to the Google servers. Google 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 visit.


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. To add this button, click next to the open book icon in the Web buttons section on the More tab of the Options menu.

Page Info

Page Info Menu: Gives you access to more information about the page that you're viewing. From this menu, you can choose the following options:

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New! Pop-up Blocker: Prevents most pop-up ads from being displayed by your browser. The button icon changes to reflect whether the pop-up blocker is active or if a pop-up has been prevented from launching. The total number of stopped pop-ups is also displayed. To activate the pop-up blocker, access the Toolbar Options window from the Toolbar's Google pull-down menu and click the box next to pop-up blocker in the Accessories section of the Options tab. To allow pop-ups to launch on a one time basis without turning off the pop-up blocker, press the Ctrl key as you click the link to move to a new page. To turn off the pop-up blocker without removing it from the Toolbar, simply click on the icon in the Toolbar itself. For more information about the Pop-up blocker, click here.


New! AutoFill: Eliminates the need to type your personal information into web forms (such as store shopping carts).Go to the AutoFill tab on the Options menu and enter the information you want stored on your computer. This information is secure and will not be transmitted unless you tell the AutoFill function to place it into a form. If AutoFill thinks it can fill in information based on what you've told it, it will display the field it wants to fill in yellow and ask your permission to plug in your data (e.g., name or address). To enable the AutoFill button, access the Options page from the Toolbar's Google pull-down menu and click the box next to AutoFill button in the Accessories section of the Options tab. For more information about AutoFill, click here.


New! BlogThis!: With the press of a button you can create a weblog (blog) post pointing to the web page you're visiting. If you select text on the page, that text also appears in your blog post. To enable the BlogThis! button, access the Options page from the toolbar's Google pull-down menu. You must have a blog already set up to take advantage of this feature. To create a free blog using Google's Blogger service, visit


New! Options: Use this button to access the toolbar options window. You can add or remove buttons and experiment with many features. For more information about toolbar options, click here.


Up: Navigate up one level in the site you're currently visiting. For example, say you are currently viewing:

Clicking Up will take you to:

Clicking Up again will take you to:

You can use the drop-down list to navigate directly to the top level of the site or to an intermediate URL if one is displayed.


Highlight: Highlights terms on the page you're visiting by placing a color bar over it. Each search term found on the page will be highlighted in a different color. Click the highlight button to toggle highlighting on and off.

Note that it's not necessary to do a search on terms to have them highlighted. Simply enter terms in the search box (do not hit the Enter key) and click the "Highlight" button.

Word Find: Allows you to find the words you searched for on a page and navigate to them. When you enter your search terms in the search box, buttons containing these terms appear at the right end of the Toolbar. Click these buttons to jump to the next occurrence of that word on the page. Hold the Shift key while clicking a word find button to move backwards and find previous occurrences of the word

Each word has its own button. If you want to search for a phrase, put it in quotes (for example, "cat food"). If you want to search only for exact matches of a word (e.g., "cat," but not "catch," which contains the same letters), hold the Ctrl key while clicking a word find button.

As with the highlight button, you do not have to conduct a search to use the word find buttons. Simply enter the terms in the text box (do not hit the Enter key) and click one of the word find buttons. Click on the button again to jump to the next occurrence of that term on the page.

Note: If this arrow appears on the right side of your Toolbar, some of your Toolbar buttons have been crowded off your screen. This happens when your browser window or your monitor's viewing area is not large enough to show all of the Toolbar buttons you've chosen to display. Clicking on the arrow reveals the hidden buttons in a vertical line beneath the Toolbar.

Drag and Drop Functionality

Highlight and drag any text or URL from a web page you are viewing onto the Google Toolbar and it will automatically conduct a search. This also works for text in many word processing applications you may have running simultaneously with your web browser.

Right-Click Functionality

Another way to search the Internet for text appearing on the current page you're viewing is to highlight that text, right-click your mouse and select "Google Search" from the pop-up menu.

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