The Google Toolbar and Why you should be using it
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Oooo, a Pop-up BlockerYep, you also get, free of charge, a built in pop-up blocker complete with a spiffy button that lets you see how many pop- ups have been blocked. And, yes, that's all there is to it.
Bookmark this Article!Alright, you don't really have to bookmark this article but you may like the way that Google allows you to organize and import your bookmarks. The bookmark button does not automatically ask you if you want to import bookmarks from your browser when you install the Google Toolbar. You will have to import them yourself by selecting the import option in the drop down list of the Bookmark button. Before you can do that you will have to be sure to sign in to your Google account or create a new one.
Once you complete the import you may need to go back to the Bookmark drop down list and select Refresh to see all your bookmarks appear in the list. Now, here's the best part, your bookmarks are available on any browser you sign in to that has the Google Toolbar. In my case I use both Internet Explorer and Firefox frequently and I absolutely love having a single repository for all of my bookmarks. Now, to manage your bookmarks simply select "Manage All" from the Bookmark drop down list and you will be whisked away to Google's bookmark management page. Unfortunately, I don't have the space to go into much detail on the many different features of the manager but after about 30 minutes of poking around the manager you should have a pretty good idea on how it works.
Check Yourself OutIt wouldn't be a complete toolbar without a spell checker. This simple spell checker has an AutoFix option in its drop down list that checks everything you entered on any web form page. I find this especially handy when I am entering comments on a website and I can't remember how to spell something. The toolbar spell check is much easier than opening up a new web page to verify the spelling of a word. This is also where you select your language or tell the spell checker to auto-detect.
Fill in the BlanksAutoFill is a great tool for those of you that frequently fill out forms on the web, or are just generally lazy. This simple little tool is very easy to set up and use. Before you can use the feature you will have to set up a profile with your name, address, telephone number, etc. You can set up the profile with as much or as little information as you like, including your credit card. Yes, Google assures you that any credit card information that you enter in your profile is safe and secure but personally, my trust issues don't allow me to make that leap of faith.
Once you have created a profile or set of profiles you can apply them to any web form you visit by simply selecting the profile from your list. The toolbar attempts to match up your profile information to applicable text boxes on the web form and fill them in. As you hover over your desired profile you should see what information will be placed in the text boxes of the form. This is intended to help you make a better decision on whether to have AutoFill do its thing and see what "clean up" you'll have to do before you commit with a click. It's as simple as that.