Popular Toolbars for Web Browsers

A toolbar sits on your web browser and enables quick access to many useful functions making online surfing easier.

Here is a list of popular toolbars for your web browser -

Google Toolbar- Search with Google from any web page, block annoying pop-ups and automatically fill out forms are just few of the popular features. Check spellings, Autolink and see the pagerank. Quick access to all major Google services.

GoogleBar - the firefox version of the Google Toolbar which has all features baring those provided by other extensions. There are other variant firefox extensions like Googlebar Lite, Googlebar with pagerank and the GooglebarL10N project gives you localized versions

Yahoo Toolbar
- allows searching the web with pop-up blocker. Anti-Spy Window Spyware protection. Quick access to Yahoo services and add fresh content to My Yahoo! easily to name a few features. Works for both IE and Firefox.

MSN Toolbar - Browse smarter with tabs and switch between Web sites within the same Internet Explorer window . Search the Web and easily locate documents, e-mail messages etc. Fill out online forms and one click Access to MSN services.

Alexa Toolbar - a free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf, providing useful information about the sites you visit including traffic information and contact info. Find related links for each page and share opinions.

Wikipedia Toolbar - The Wikipedia Firefox extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key). A related WikiSearch Toolbar is available, allowing direct Wikipedia searches from Internet Explorer.

Stumble Upon - Lets you browse, review and share great webpages while meeting new people. Vote sites you like and read reviews about them. Firefox requires an extension instead of the .exe file in IE.

Ask Jeeves - Search the Web and personalize your search experience with saved locations, your local news etc. Save images, web pages and searches, and access them right from the toolbar. Now with a search box for maps and business listings.

Dogpile Toolbar
- use the web Search, find white pages & yellow pages listings, and keep track with the customized news ticker. It also has a RSS Tool and SearchSpy with scrolling terms to see what people are searching for in real-time. Rated No.1 by PCworld it says.

AltaVista Toolbar - Gives you the research tools to perform searches and translations from your browser.

ViewPoint Toolbar - Comparative search with pop up blocker. Graphical search results, visual bookmarks and custom skins.

Clusty Toolbar - Search and cluster results from several search engines. Clusty Clips gets dictionary and encyclopedia definitions for any term on any page, while the Mini-Mode saves valuable screen space

Ebay Toolbar - quick, easy access to eBay from your desktop. Stay updated with ebay auctions.

A9 Toolbar - Search the web and use the Diary to leave notes on any web page. Bookmarks located on the server can be accessed from anywhere. Automatic List feature to ease search result navigation, Check your browsing and search History from anywhere. Get related links and ratings with Site Info and Highlight any term on the page. Associated with Amazon.

Merriam Webster Toolbar - Just type or highlight a word and click to look up word meanings from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. IE required.

MapQuest Toolbar - Maps at your fingertips at all times. Access to MapQuest Driving Directions and Yellow Pages.

Athens Toolbar - Firefox extension to assist existing Athens users manage their accounts and navigate between resources.

if you do not like any of these toolbars, why not design your own.
Toolbar Designer - This is a Windows application that gives you the opportunity to design own custom Internet Explorer Toolbars. Brand your toolbar with your own images, add multiple search boxes, edit boxes, password boxes, buttons etc. with an easy interface. They have embedded known scripting languages, VBScript and JScript, and extended them with a variety of objects and functions.

Talking of customization, Hotbar can help to beautify your toolbar with a huge variety of skins.

Installing multiple toolbars clutters your browser panel and reduces surfing space. You cannot use all of them yet each has its unique benefits.

So which toolbars you consider essential. I suppose Google toolbar and Yahoo toolbar are most popular. The Anti-spy in Yahoo is very useful for dealing with spyware. I personally use the Googlebar and StumbleUpon on Firefox and the Google Toolbar on IE. MSN Toolbar now gives a tabbed interface in IE and is worth a look. A9, ViewPoint and Clusty have some new features worth trying out.

Which toolbar do you have installed? Any useful ones I missed?
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