In the pre-chrome era, the best way to make your browser more Google friendly was installing the Google Toolbar for Firefox or IE. But when Google launched their own browser, it changed everything.
Their love for a Google friendly browser made them switch to Chrome, but they were surprised to know that Google will not give them Google toolbar on their own browser.
Many went back to Firefox and IE, disappointed and feeling sorry for leaving their old friend behind, the lonely Google toolbar. No one told them that most of the Google toolbar features are built in to Chrome browser, and many others are available as extensions. Until now. Read on !
Many of the things are built in to Chrome browser and will not need any extension or tweaking. Say, your most visited websites thumbnails on the new tab page, its there by default. But a few of them require extensions (which are free btw) but they are rarely used features if you ask me.
Google did not use Google Bookmarks as the base for their bookmarks on Chrome browser. Instead, they built something new called “Chrome Sync” which syncs more than just your bookmarks. Not everyone was happy with this. But you have an option to copy all your Google bookmarks to Chrome bookmarks.
1. Sign in to your Google Account by clicking Sign In on the Toolbar.
2. Click the down arrow next to the Bookmarks button.
3. Select Manage All.
4. Select the Tools menu in the uper right-hand corner.
5. Select Export as Bookmarks.
6. Save the file.
Importing to Google Chrome:
1. Click the Tools menu in Google Chrome.
2. Select Bookmark manager.
3. Click the Tools menu in the manager.
4. Select Import bookmarks.
5. Select the HTML file saved from the first step, then clickÂ Open.
So that’s how to you transfer your Googlebookmarks over to Chrome Bookmarks. But there is another workaround, if you want to keep it separate and just have them accessible easily, just add a bookmark for https://www.google.com/bookmarks to your Google Chrome bookmarks bar.
The Search Box on The Toolbar – Even Better !
It was cool to have access to Google search from the toolbar of Firefox or Internet Explorer. For many, it saved few mouse clicks each time they wanted to do an online search.
But with Google Chrome, they took things to the next level. The addressbar itself became Google Search Box (and more) and was renamed as “Omnibox”.
So when you are on, just type in to your addressbar to do a Google search. Yes, with all those search operatives like filetype: or site: etc. Instant search also works here ! .
Suggestions instead of error pages
Like the Toolbar, Google Chrome shows you intelligent page suggestions when the page you’re trying to open can’t be found. Learn more about suggestions for navigation errors.
Highlighted Search Terms – Not Really
Toolbar has an option to highlight search terms on the page you visit from Google search results. This feature is not fully available on Chrome. However, you can use the find bar to highlight words on a page. Just hit Ctrl + F Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and command-F (Mac) and it will give you the “find bar” Type in the word or words you are looking for, and it will hi-light them on the page.
AutoFill – It’s Built In
Autfill is built in to the Chrome Browser (and Chrome OS). It is getting better and better with updates from the team and is more smarter than the one you are using on toolbar now. So, don’t worry about this one, Chrome got you covered.
Pop-up blocker – Yes Yes !
This is one of the basic things for any browser these days and Chrome got this just right. You have the popup blocked built in to Chrome and you get to control it from settings. Visit chrome://settings/contentExceptions#popups to tune this item. Read blocking pop-ups in Google Chrome.
Spell-checker – Yes, We Got That !
Yes, Chrome has an inbuilt spell checker with it. Good thing you asked, I know this is something we can’t live without, if you are like me. Read more about Google Chrome’s spell-checker.
You can enable/disable this feature here chrome://settings/languages ( look at the bottom of that page )
Translate – Yes, Built In, Again !
Translate doesn’t request any plugin/extension in Chrome. It is part of the browser. When you visit a web page on a different language than your primary language set, Chrome offers to translate the entire page for you.
If you want to turn off this feature, visit chrome://settings/advanced and look for “Translate”
Sidewiki – Do You Use This?
I do not know how many of you use this feature on the Toolbar, but in case you are one among that group, you can install the Sidewiki extension for Chrome from here.
Google Page Rank – Well, Get This Extension.
This feature is not built in to Chrome. Not everyone wants to know page rank of every web page they visit, right ? If you are someone who rely on the toolbar for this, install this extension.