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Windows Live Toolbar easily adds numerous customizations to your Internet Explorer browser. Buttons are logically arranged, and tool tips are plentiful. They'd better be, because the buttons can't be moved, nor can the tool tips be turned off.
Many of the toolbar functions are part of the latest release of IE. Users of older versions, and those looking for specialized functions, will appreciate the many buttons available at the Windows Live Toolbar Web site. However, our testers found the internal Install Buttons function failed more often than not. Still, installing buttons directly from the Windows Live Toolbar Web site usually worked.
That said, there are hundreds of button functions available, ranging from weather information to games to feed detectors. Most we tested worked well and needed little or no explanation. While many IE users have upgraded to IE7 to get some of these functions, the flexibility of this download continues to make Windows Live Toolbar a useful browser component.
Windows Live Toolbar helps you find stuff on the Internet faster and more securely. It lets you: search from any Web page; see a warning when a site may be trying to scam your personal info; cut down on unwanted pop-ups; collect, organize, and share the info you find online; auto-detect a site's RSS feeds, and have them automatically sent to your personalized Live.com home page; effortlessly customize your toolbar with only the buttons you want; access your favorites from any PC; quickly switch between Web pages in the same window; fill in Web forms instantly. Version 03.00.0001 added custom buttons, which allow users to choose from a community of buttons. Users can easily see RSS headlines from other sites, have shortcut links from the toolbar, or even create their own TB button. Smart menu helps users connect with info in the context of what they're looking at on a Web page so a user can easily see a map for the location of a restaurant they're looking at on a web page, or see the weather for a particular zip code or location without having to leave the Web page. Smart type enables users to get spell checking as they type in the toolbar search textbox. As the users type they are provided with recommended keyword suggestions in the TB search textbox dropdown.