Browser toolbars have been quite popular with internet users as they offer a lot of features which make using internet more fun.
Several websites have created toolbars for their users to make it easy for them to navigate and use the various features and services of the website.
One of the most popular toolbars on the internet is the Google Toolbar, which lets the Google users use various Google services right from their browsers, without having to go to the service page itself. The toolbar is great but, it sometimes it consumes a lot of browser resources and thus slows down the computer.
Googlebar Lite is an alternative for Google Toolbar, which provides almost all the features of Google Toolbar while using minimum system resources. It offers 14 search types, search history auto-completion, customizable toolbar (place it anywhere), search word highlighting, and more!
GoogleBar Lite in Action:
Googlebar lite would be seen at the top of your browser just like any other website toolbar. What makes it special are the innumerable customization options it provides – to make it work according to your preferences. Here is how it looks in your browser.
The Googlebar Lite has almost all the search options that Google Toolbar provides. You can search for Images, Videos, News, Maps and much more from the search options.
You can move “Up” the directory structure of a Website, just like you do on your Windows computer.
This makes website navigation a quite easy, since you can jump to any section with ease.
Paste and Search Anything:
Google Toolbar saves time by providing a Paste and Search option. If you copy any text you can just paste it in the search box and click on “Paste and Search”.
Googlebar Lite – Features and Options:
Googlebar Lite is highly customizable according to your needs. You might be using one search feature like “Image search” or “Maps Search” more than the others. Googlebar Lite lets you select the buttons that appear on your toolbar.
Go to Googlebar Lite Options and select the search button you need more often. The smaller the number of buttons selected – the smaller the toolbar looks.
General Setting for Googlebar Lite:
You can also customize the default search engine to be used – when you perform a search. You can either go for the main search engine at Google.com or go for your countries search engine like Google.co.jp (Japan) or Google.co.in (India) or any others you prefer.
If you use keyboard shortcuts on a regular basis you would appreciate the keyboard shortcut options for Googlebar Lite.
You can customize what does a particular keyboard shortcut does from the Keyboard Shortcuts tab in the GoogleBar Lite options window.
You can even customize the options that appear in the Right Click (context) Menu in Firefox.
If you prefer not to see the Googlebar Lite in the context menu you can disable it completely.
Google Toolbar Privacy – Advantage of Googlebar Lite:
It has been said that Google toolbar monitors the users internet activity all the time. Although these are just speculations, which shoudl be taken with a pinch of salt – you might want to stay on the safe side.
GoogleBar Lite is not an official Google Product – so any activity you do in your browser, can’t be sent back to Google.
Googlebar Lite Features – Overview:
I have used the Google Toolbar for Firefox and found it to be an indispensable tool while using Google services. Googlebar lite has done a good job in covering most of the features of Google Toolbar – but it does miss out on some of the features. You can use it if you can do without the some of the extra features of Google Toolbar like “Page Rank” and Using Side Wiki.
The best part however is that its extremely lightweight and keeps the browser resource usage on your computer to a minimum. So guys whose computers aren’t really powerful, can think about using this addon as an alternative to the Google Toolbar.
Get the Googlebar Lite from The Firefox Addons Page.
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