GButts Gives You Quick Access To Your Favorite Google Services

Firefox (Windows/Mac/Linux): Google provides an astounding number of services. GButts is a small Firefox plugin that creates a "speed dial" toolbar to help you quickly jump to your favourite service.

If you only use one or two Google services, say Gmail and Google Reader, you may not need quite need the speed Gbutts provides. If you partake of more than a few of the 48 services currently offered however, Gbutts is a handy tool for zipping about.

You can select which services you want to appear in the list and how they will be displayed. The menu is available either as a toolbar or a drop down menu. We're using the drop down menu above, nestled between the address bar and the quick search box. You can also specify if the shortcut will open in a new tab and whether or not that tab should be in the foreground or background.

If you'd like to take a screenshot tour before installing, make sure to check out the screenshot-laden write up at The How-To Geek. GButts is free and works wherever Firefox does.

GButts [via The How-To Geek]


Comments

    I use Firefox Keywords to make predefined advanced Google searches:

    Example 1: Search for media files with "A remark you made", using an advanced Google search like this:

    intitle:"index.of" (mp3|avi|mp4) a.remark.you.made -html -php -asp

    (This search will look for MP3/avi/MP4 files, in index pages with extension html/php/asp)

    * bookmark the results page
    * create a keyword (ie music),
    * in the bookmarks URL,
    replace "a.remark.you.made" with %s

    Next time you want to search a music title (say birdland), just write "music birdland" in the address bar.

    Example 2. Search for digital lectures about Salman Rushdie

    Use a Google search like this:

    site:edu (mp3|avi) lectures "salman.rushdie"

    (Search will look in .EDU sites, for MP3/AVI lectures about Salman Rushdie)

    * bookmark the results page
    * create a keyword (ie lectures),
    * in the used search string,
    replace "salman.rushdie" with %s

    Next time you want to search for lectures covering any subject, just write: "lectures " in the address bar.

    Play a bit with this method, and you can easily make your own "Advanced Google searches" using Firefox Keywords.

    Michael

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