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Search the Web with Toolbars

Best Toolbars on the Web

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Many people save a lot of time in their Web searches by using a toolbar, which is basically a software application which gives searches the ability to perform searches and other functions quickly. Here are a few of the best toolbars out there:

SEO Toolbars

  • SearchBliss: Another search engine optimization and webmaster focused toolbar; I like the Google Dance tool especially.
  • SEO RX Toolbar:"SEO RX Toolbar auto updates and includes these features: Google Search, Page Rank, Meta Tag Generator, Search Engine Ranker, Link Popularity Checker, Google Dance Tool, Website Submit to 300 search engines, Radio, Podcast, RSS Feed, Chat room, Dictionary, Plus you can personalize to fit your needs."

Web Search Toolbars

  • Google Toolbar for Firefox: Google's Firefox toolbar has some nice features, such as autofill and spellcheck.
  • Yahoo Toolbar for Firefox: add RSS feeds to your My Yahoo page, check your email, and access your favorite sites with the Yahoo Toolbar.
  • MSN Search Toolbar: tabbed browsing, form fill, and one-click access in the MSN Search Toolbar. For Internet Explorer only.
  • Alexa Toolbar: "The Alexa Toolbar offers the unique ability to update in real-time to offer you information about the sites you visit."
  • StumbleUpon Toolbar: Find and share your favorite sites with the StumbleUpon community.
  • A9 Toolbar: Check your search history, get an A9 diary, or get instant site information.
  • Clusty Toolbar: Get clustered results from many search engines at once, Clusty Clips (definitions), and Query Catcher, a way to "easily supplement your favorite search engine with one click."
  • GoogleBar: " The Googlebar project was initially created to address the widespread desire in the mozilla community for the Google toolbar to support the Netscape 7, Mozilla, and Firefox web browsers."
  • Ask Toolbar: Lots of good stuff with the Ask Toolbar, including a way to save notes about particular pages.

Specialized Toolbars

  • eBay Toolbar: For people who really are into eBay; a great way to monitor your buying and selling stats as well as search within eBay.
  • MapQuest Toolbar: instant access to maps and driving directions.
  • Yahoo Toolbar with WorldCat Searching of Library Materials: "Are you a librarian? Use the Toolbar as part of your Web access and online catalog. Are you a library user? Install the Toolbar on your home computer and search for materials no matter where you are on the Web!"
  • Neopets Toolbar: " Can't be without Neopets? Well, now you don't have to... Install the Neopets Toolbar and have your favourite website with you wherever you go on the Internet."
  • Dictionary.com Toolbar: Get instant definitions with the Dictionary.com toolbar.
  • Dealio Toolbar: a comparison shopping toolbar; lets you know when an item you're thinking about buying comes in at a lower price. Also shops eBay stores and listings.
  • Scirus Toolbar: "With the new Scirus Toolbar, finding scientific, technical and medical information on the Web is easier than ever."

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