Hearing the words "extra toolbars" may make you squirm in fear, but a few Lifehacker readers show us how handy Windows' built-in taskbar toolbars can be.
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We're not big fans of Coles' flybuys loyalty scheme -- earning points takes ages and you give up lots of personal information in the process. The recently introduced flybuys Toolbar takes this to a new level of intrusiveness, promising you can earn points "just for surfing the web". Perhaps -- but you'll give up even more information while doing so, and get a maximum of 50 cents a month for the dubious privilege of using an inferior search service.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
A toolbar redesign has been slowly reaching more and more users at the Google homepage and in Gmail. It's not a change in any functionality, though having a dedicated settings gear and sign-out spot on the right side is nice. TechCrunch, however, sees it as related to Google's "+1" social network launch, which is certainly an interesting idea.
A handy tip from Lifehacker reader swc_oxcart for anyone giving Chrome Web Apps a try in the development version: right-click on a web app pinned tab, and you'll see a "Show toolbar" option. While Chrome's no-address-bar web apps are helpful in focusing on just one site, if you need to copy a URL or reach your extension buttons, this restores them to their standard place.
You could do it with CSS tweaks and various add-ons before, but the latest nightly builds of the next major Firefox version suggest that users will be able to add and remove any toolbar buttons, from both the main forward/back/address bar and the tab toolbar.
Sun Microsystems' OpenOffice.org developers have posted prototype screenshots and demonstrations, and while the toolbar content and look could likely change, the commenters are not apparently happy with the very Microsoft-Office-like "ribbon." Some argue the look doesn't play well on non-Windows systems, and others say it's just another learning curve for the noble-intentioned, but often disadvantaged, open source office suite. Let's hear what you think of the prototype, or where else Sun should look for design ideas, in the comments.
If you're an Internet Explorer user and love you some Google Maps, Google now offers some Toolbar Labs, which are basically the standard Google Toolbar recompiled with experimental features. Along with a Simplified Chinese Toolbar, the other Labs remix right now adds auto-location feature. It's kind of like Google Maps Mobile's version, but using nearby Wi-Fi spots to pinpoint you and make your default business searches—pizza, car repair, bicycle shop—pinned to your location.
It's obviously not something a casual Digg voter would get into, but would having a random Digg pointer make the link-voting site worth your free time? Cast your votes, and impressions, in the comments.playing around w/diggbar bera
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Friendbar is a toolbar add-on for Firefox that can rapidly update your Facebook or Twitter statuses, and show a ticker-style stream of your friends' own text and photos. Friendbar continuously updates you on the status of people in your Facebook and Twitter networks, though both the text and the photos can be toggled on and off. To avoid running afoul of Twitter's access restrictions, Friendbar lets you dial down its update frequency, tweak how many messages it displays, and set how often it shows you new stuff. When posting updates, you've got instant TinyURL creation for the page you're looking at. If you can't pretend not to need a quick Facebook or Twitter fix while you're browsing other things, Friendbar makes it easy and fast to get your social data fix. Friendbar is free and works wherever Firefox does.Friendbar
All platforms running Firefox: Google has updated their browser toolbar for Firefox, and it integrates Google services with your browser chrome better than ever. Frankly, we're not so big on browser toolbars around here, but if you're a big Google Apps, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Bookmarks, and Notebook user, the Google Toolbar looks really useful. Probably the most impressive feature is the ability to set up profiles—like "Personal" and "Professional"—and associate web form auto-fill information with them, like addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. If you're willing to give the big G that info in your toolbar, filling in web forms becomes a one-click affair. You can also add Google Gadgets to your toolbar, like Wikipedia and YouTube. Check out the Google video clip of the toolbar in action after the jump.
Earlier today we mentioned the Quick Launch toolbar in our best ways to make Windows more productive. But Windows comes bundled with several toolbars that offer search, web site launching, and media player controls—and at least one reader can't live without his toolbar setup. What toolbars do you have on your Windows desktop, and which is the most useful? Vote in the battle of the Windows toolbars after the jump.
The How-To Geek points to a nifty fix for Firefox extension fans whose status bars are seriously cluttered. Using a custom script and the Stylish extension, you can get your status bar icons to auto-hide and appear only when you move your mouse down to them. A lot of extensions pack handy utilities into their status bar icons, but it's not always helpful to have a weight-lifting fox, a monkey, three or four exclamation points, and a weather sign staring at you while you're trying to work. To use this trick, install Stylish if you don't have it already, then head to the link below and hit the "Load into Stylish" button. Image by The How-To Geek.Statusbar: Mouseover for clutter
See less chrome and more web page in Firefox by combining your toolbars onto the same line. The How-To Geek tech site describes how, using an extension or just by repositioning the fox's toolbars by right-clicking and choosing "Customize." Want to utilise every single pixel in Firefox? Check out how we consolidate Firefox's chrome with several configuration and style tweaks.Conserve Space in Firefox by Combining Toolbars