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google quick scrollHave you ever performed a Google search, found what looked like a good result, clicked the link – and then found yourself staring at a dense page full of information? You wanted a quick answer, but you ended up looking at a long webpage with no idea where the information you want is.

Maybe you scrolled through the page and looked for the information, maybe you hit Ctrl+F Some Cool Keyboard Tricks That Few People Know About Some Cool Keyboard Tricks That Few People Know About Read More and performed an in-page search, or maybe you clicked the back button and looked for another webpage – either way, you’ve lost time.

Google Quick Scroll is the solution, and it will save you time.

The Problem

When you perform a Google search, Google shows you helpful snippets from webpages that match your search. In some cases, a search result may be a long page about multiple things, and it may take some work to find the part of the page that matches your search. Google just dumps you at the top of a page when you click the link. Google has no way of “coming with you” to the web page and pointing out the part of the page you want.

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Google Quick Scroll is Google’s way of coming with you off the search results page, showing you exactly what you’re looking for.

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How It Works

When you perform a Google search and click a link, Google Quick Scroll analyzes the webpage’s content. If the entire webpage appears to be about the topic you searched for – say, if you’ve searched for MakeUseOf and ended up at our homepage – Google Quick Scroll will do nothing.

I’ve clicked the address bar icon to reveal the pop-up in the screenshot below, but this pop-up doesn’t normally appear unless it’s needed.

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If only parts of the webpage appear to be relevant, Google Quick Scroll will spring into action. You’ll see a pop-up you can click to instantly jump (or “quickly scroll”) to the area of the page relevant to your search. If several areas are relevant, you’ll see links to each of them.

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The matching content is highlighted, so you don’t have to skim through the page to find it.

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Instant Previews

Google Quick Scroll is integrated with the “instant previews Google Launches Instant Preview To Make Searching Easier [News] Google Launches Instant Preview To Make Searching Easier [News] Read More ” in Google’s search results. When you perform a search and click the arrow to the right of a result to see a screenshot Take & Share Screenshots At Lightning Speed With ScreenSnapr [Windows] Take & Share Screenshots At Lightning Speed With ScreenSnapr [Windows] The old process of saving and sharing a screenshot was a tedious and annoying one. Typically, it'd involve pressing the Print Screen key, opening up an image editor such as Paint, saving the screenshot, and... Read More preview of the website, you’ll occasionally see a highlighted portion of the page. These are the relevant parts of the page Google Quick Scroll will take you to.

If you’re not using the extension, you can’t see these highlighted passages after clicking the search result.

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Other Browsers

This extension is only available for Chrome, although a Quick Scroll feature exists in the Google Toolbar. Unfortunately, Google no longer develops the Google Toolbar for Firefox, so Firefox users are out of luck. Internet Explorer users can install the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer to get Quick Scroll and other Google goodies, including web page translations 4 Reasons Why Google Translate Beats The Other Services 4 Reasons Why Google Translate Beats The Other Services Read More .

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If you’d like more tips for mastering Google search, download our Google Search Tips cheat sheet.

What do you think of Google Quick Scroll? Does it save you time? Leave a comment and let us know.

  1. Shehan Nirmal
    June 14, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Does it support for firefox...???

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Sadly, no -- maybe if Google hadn't ended the Google Toolbar for Firefox.

  2. Aleks
    June 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Love this extension! Saves plenty of time!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 15, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Glad I could introduce you and other people to it!

  3. Alex
    June 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Installed in an instant.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

      It doesn't pop up all the time -- but when it does, it helps a lot. It's one of the few extensions I keep installed.

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