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muocsb.gif Never let it be said that we here at MakeUseOf never give you any freebies. We are in the process of developing a few free sweet giveaways for our readers and number one on the list is a custom search button for the Google toolbar (I know, you were expecting a bikini model and a crate of beer…..sorry!)

First you need the Google toolbar which you can download here (if you haven’t already got it of course). There’s a version for Internet Explorer and one for Mozilla Firefox.

Once you have got that installed (and you’ve restarted your browser), you can install some MakeUseOf goodness by clicking here. Follow the instructions in the little box and suddenly a little MUO icon will appear in your Google toolbar. That’s it.

What do I do with that little button, you ask. Well, first you can search the MakeUseOf website using the Google toolbar. Just put your search query into the Google toolbar search box and then click the MUO button. You’ll then be taken to the MUO website and your search results will come up instantly. Useful if you search a lot on MakeUseOf for various tools and services and if you use Google Web Search History, using the MUO button means your searches will be saved in your web search history for later reference.

The other useful feature is that if you point your mouse cursor to the right of the MUO button, a drop-down list appears of all the latest posts to appear on the site. They are brought there by our RSS feed and it updates once a hour. If you want to see one of the stories in the drop-down list, just click on the title with your mouse and you’ll be taken straight there.

If for any reason you don’t want to have the button on your toolbar anymore, just go into the Google toolbar options and remove MakeUseOf from your list of buttons. That will only remove it from sight though – to remove it entirely from your computer, you will need to go into the Google toolbar folder in your hard drive and delete the file manually. It’s very simple but if you need help, leave a comment on this page and I’ll get back to you.


Comments would be appreciated!

  1. Brainiac
    October 13, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I wish I could help but have no clue why it would work one browser but no the other. WEIRD.

  2. Mark O'Neill
    October 13, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Well I have to admit I am stumped. The MUO icon shows up on Firefox but not on IE. It showed up on my IE yesterday but 24 hours later, it is playing silly buggers with me.

    I am fairly certain that the icon doesn't show in the IE version of the Google toolbar because the website favicon also now doesn't load in the URL bar. I am also fairly certain they don't load because of a security setting in the Internet Explorer setup. How it is different from yesterday till today I have no idea.

    Any IE experts out there that can shed some light on this little Scooby mystery?

  3. Mark O'Neill
    October 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Well now this is weird. I tested this button on IE yesterday and it worked fine, logo and all. Now I have tried again on my copy of IE and the logo is gone. The logo works fine on Firefox but now IE is rejecting the logo. :-(

    The actual button with its RSS feed still works fine - the only issue is the icon.

    I am not sure what is going on here. Let me look into it. If anyone more knowledgable than me has any ideas, please do let me know. Thanks.

    Man, I hate Internet Explorer!!!! ;-)

  4. Aibek
    October 13, 2007 at 10:21 am

    : -)

    Hey Adam, I am kind of curious how it actually looks on IE7. Can you send me a quick screenshot. PLZ.


  5. Adam Hirsch
    October 13, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Great job guys! Thoroughly impressed! My only suggestion is change the icon... Mine doesn't look like the one in your screenshot (using IE7)

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