How to Install the Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox

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Google Toolbar version 5 for Internet Explorer was a very useful toolbar that put all of your Google gadgets at the top of your Internet browser, allowed you to clip web content easily without opening new tabs, and of course, gave you one-touch access to Google's powerful search. Now this must-have toolbar is available for Firefox. Learn how to install the Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox:

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Things you need

  • Firefox Browser

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  1. 1

    Open your Firefox Browser and go to the official Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox page (see Resources below). Go to the left side of the page and click on the blue "download" button.

  2. 2

    Read the Terms of Service and then click "Agree and Install." A window will pop up asking if you are sure you want to install the add-on. Click on the "Ok" button and wait for the download to finish.

  3. 3

    Restart Firefox. You can either do this by clicking the restart button in the add-on menu, or by closing your browser and opening it back up.

  4. 4

    Set information gathering preferences. When Firefox opens back up, you will see several dialogue boxes informing you about various information gathering functions of the Google Toolbar, and how to disable them. If you are OK with your browsing habits being available to Google, then you can just close these messages. However, if you want to opt-out, follow the prompts.

  5. 5

    Customise links and gadgets. Click on the block icon for link and gadget suggestions. Some of these will be added automatically, while others will require additional installed components.

Tips and warnings

  • Google Toolbar lets you manage multiple Google identities at once, and you can easily switch between the two using the little green dot at the far right side of the browser.
  • If you want the google toolbar to store personal information to fill out forms with the autofill function, make sure you are not using a shared computer, or have a password-protected profile.

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