For those of you who don’t know what this is, Tech Tip Tuesday will be a recurring feature that will attempt to uncover, explain, and make technology enhance and simplify your everyday lives. (Wow, is that bold… did I just write that?) For you smart ones out there, these posts will happen on Tuesdays.
And now for the common folks' first Tech Tip Tuesday: Google toolbar autolinking.
An enormous number of Internet users use Google’s toolbar for either Internet Explorer or Firefox, but many users have yet to unleash its full potential. Yes, the toolbar blocks pop ups, but it also does so much more. One feature I’d like to highlight and explain is AutoLink.
After clicking the AutoLink button, the Google toolbar will scan the web page currently open for certain kinds of text such as an address or an ISBN # for books or a
Rather than copy/pasting text like this into Amazon.com or Google Maps, simply click the newly highlighted link and off you go. Simple!
Now for an example.
If you don’t have the toolbar already, download the Google toolbar here.
- After the toolbar is installed, go to a webpage that has an address or an ISBN # or a Fedex or UPS tracking #.
- Once on that site, click the AutoLink button.
- If Google finds the special text, it will highlight it like this:
- To open the address, for example, simply click the highlighted link and Google Maps will open.
That’s it! Please leave me comments if any of this is unclear and I would be happy to clarify.Powered by Sidelines