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									Creating Google Browser Buttons in Netscape Navigator
and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Browser Buttons are free, JavaScript bookmarklets that allow you to
integrate features of Google's search engine into your Web browser. You don't
have to download or install any software. Rather, you just drag and drop a
JavaScript-encoded bookmark from a Web page at Google.com onto your Web
browser's Links or Personal toolbars.

Requirements:

Windows 95/NT/98 or Linux/Unix
   • Netscape 4.0+
   • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0+

Macintosh
  • Netscape 4.5+
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5+



Step One: Prepare Your Browser

To be able to use Google's Browser Buttons, you'll need to be able to see your Web
browser's Links or Personal toolbars.

If you use Internet Explorer, go to View → Toolbars and make sure that there is a
checkmark next to "Links." If you use Netscape, go to View → Show and make sure
that there is a checkmark next to "Personal Toolbar." If you use AOL, minimize AOL,
launch Internet Explorer (Start → Programs → Internet Explorer), go to View →
Toolbars, and make sure that there is a checkmark next to "Links.".




     View   Toolbars in Internet Explorer           View   Show in Netscape
To save screen space, Internet Explorer may "hide" the Links toolbar from you,
sticking it on the far right side of Internet Explorer's Address bar.




                  Links toolbar location in some versions of Internet Explorer

You can easily move the Links toolbar by going to View → Toolbars and
unchecking "Lock the Toolbars."




                          Unlocking the Toolbars in Internet Explorer

Click and hold on the Links toolbar, drag down towards the bottom of your screen,
and release. The Links toolbar will move from the far right side of the screen to just
beneath Internet Explorer's Address bar.




                  Links toolbar beneath the Address bar in Internet Explorer

The contents of your links toolbar will be different than the ones shown above.
That's perfectly fine. The important thing is that you can now see your Links
toolbar.

Finally, relock your Internet Explorer toolbars by going to View → Toolbars and
checking "Lock the Toolbars."
Step Two: Drag and Drop the Google Browser Button

Point your Web browser to

       http://www.google.com/options/buttons.html

and then click on the blue "Get Your Google Buttons Here" link near the bottom of
this page.




                          The "Get Your Google Buttons Here" link

A "sniffer" code will redirect you to a page that contains browser buttons
specifically designed for your Web browser. This page gives brief instructions on
how to prepare your browser (which you have already done), and shows you three
links you can drag onto your Links toolbar:




                      Three links you can drag onto your Links toolbar

Drag and drop the Google Search link onto your Links or Personal toolbar. Here's
how.

Place your mouse over the first link, "Google Search." Press down your left mouse
button and hold it. Drag the "Google Search" link to your Links toolbar and release
your left mouse button. Internet Explorer may warn you that you are adding a link
that may not be safe. Since the Google Search link is safe, you can ignore the
warning. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to continue.




                 Internet Explorer sunsafe link warning. You can ignore this.
The Google Search link will be added to the far right side of your Links or Personal
toolbar.




                  Google Search button on Internet Explorer's Links toolbar



Step Three: Use the Google Browser Button
There are two ways to use your new Google browser button. First, if you click on
the Google Search button in your links bar, a pop-up menu will appear.




                                 Google pop-up search box

Key in any search term and click on the OK button (or press enter on your
keyboard). Google will show you all of the pages in its database that match your
search terms. In effect, the Google Search button lets you search Google ... without
having to first go to Google's Web site!

The second way to use your new Google browser button is even more amazing. Go
to almost any Web page in the world, highlight a word or phrase (by clicking and
dragging across that word or phrase, just as you would do in Microsoft Word), and
then click on the Google Search button in your Links bar. Google automatically
searches for the word or phrase you highlighted. You don't have to type a thing!



For More Information
For more information on JavaScript bookmarklets, visit

       http://www.bookmarklets.com/

You can also create your own bookmarklet for almost any search engine, online
dictionary, or Internet database at

       http://www.bookmarklets.com/mk.phtml

								
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