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Editors' Review

If you're into toolbars, Internet Explorer, and Google, the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer does more than give IE a mere shot of nitro. With a set of features both useful and self-promoting, Google Toolbar 6 feels like it adds eight cylinders to IE's engine, turning it into a powerhouse of personalized functionality for both IE 8 users and those who are stuck on earlier versions.

There's the dedicated Google search window, the effective pop-up blocker, the form autofiller, the translation utility, the spell checker, and the map tool that automatically links addresses in Web pages to maps. Then there's the full integration with the Google suite: Google Earth, Google News, Froogle, Google Maps, Blogger, and others. Every single one of the integrated tools, including the toolbar itself, is fully customizable. New in version 6 is a slick redo of the translation tool, allowing for one-click translations of single words or entire Web pages.

Note that using advanced features such as PageRank automatically sends the URL of the site you're viewing back to Google's servers. This can be enabled or disabled during installation or at any time by clicking the toolbar's Options button. Unfortunately, there's no way to remove the search bar, which wasn't featured in IE 6 but came standard in IE 7 and duplicates IE's own search bar. Still, by permanently setting the two search bars to different engines, you can at least avoid a waste of space. You can even use the Google Toolbar without a Google account. But considering all that comes with it, why would you?

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.1.1920.1238

Version 7.0.1720.2246 has fixed DPI known issue and a few user requests.

General

Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date May 26, 2011
Date Added May 26, 2011
Version 7.1.1920.1238

Category

Category Browsers
Subcategory Internet Explorer Add-ons & Plugins

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/XP SP 2
Additional Requirements Internet Explorer 6 or newer

Download Information

File Size 555.51KB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,987,072
Downloads Last Week 47

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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