Poll: Google Toolbar

February 6th, 2006

Most of us either have the Google Toolbar installed in IE and/or have a google search bar in Firefox/Mozilla. My question is, how many of us actually use the toolbar to search for things as opposed to visiting the Google homepage to make the queries?

I personally feel that the Google Homepage helps me formulate the search query better and find myself predominately using the Google Homepage.




  1. Sam (13 comments.) says:

    I will use the Google search bar in Firefox to search for something that I think of while surfing. So I guess that constitutes an impulse search, rather than a pre-meditated search, of which I would then navigate to the Google search page.

  2. Rich Schmidt says:

    I use the search bar in Firefox all the time. I usually use Blingo, which uses Google’s search engine. Occasionally I switch to straight Google, though…

  3. César (3 comments.) says:

    Searchbar. All the time. The K key on my keyboard is starting to wear out…

  4. BillyG (6 comments.) says:

    Wow! I don’t do toolbars (prolly cause I don’t keep cookies either) and I’ve never been to their homepage since I have my FF searchbox wide enuff for anything I need

  5. Michael Moncur (10 comments.) says:

    Ever since I discovered the control-K shortcut for Firefox’s search bar, I use it almost exclusively. I’ve even found I missed a holiday logo or two due to not visiting Google’s home page.

  6. Rick Beckman (1 comments.) says:

    I almost always use the search bar in Firefox; my only complaint there is that the search query stays in that box until I manually change or delete it, and having the bar empty gives it a cleaner look. But that’s very minor.

    However, I rarely ever change from Google to anything else in that search bar; Amazon is probably the second most used.

    And when I did have the Google Toolbar installed back when I used IE, it was solely to see what the PageRank of my pages were at a glance.

  7. Julien Marchand (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the Ctrl+K shortcut! Now my hands have one less reason to wander away from the keyboard…! :P

  8. Mark (1 comments.) says:

    Bugs me too!

  9. helge (4 comments.) says:

    i always use my google search box in firefox – saves me time. i have the extension “resize search box” installed.

  10. Logan Leger (1 comments.) says:

    I personally have the toolbar installed and use both it and the standard search box in FireFox. The toolbar has great conveniences such as spellcheck and auto fill.

  11. Rotem Bentzur (1 comments.) says:

    I use Ctrl+K all the time, I only have the google toolbar installed for it’s spell checking. If I’ll find some better speller for firefox, I’m removing the toolbar.
    Firefox 2.0 is supposed to have spell checking built in!

  12. Vinnie (1 comments.) says:

    I have installed so many toolbars over the months… but have never kept them longer than a day or two. I’m a minimalist person… and using toolbars, in my opinion, clutters my browser. I like having a very simple look.

  13. amtsleiter (3 comments.) says:

    Toolbars just waste space on my desktop. I need only a search function so the small box in Firefox is exactly what I need.

  14. Matt B. (13 comments.) says:

    Firefox searchbox all the way. Thanks for the Ctrl+K tip ! ;)

  15. Jestre says:

    I use the search box in Firefox 99%+ of the time, even when sitting on the Google page (default start page in recent FF installs).

  16. Chris L (1 comments.) says:

    The FF search box and the google toolbar about equally. Google page itself (or my google home start page) almost never, even when I happen to be sitting on it…

  17. Zerd (1 comments.) says:

    I haven’t used it more than maybe once or twice, because typing “google ” takes shorter time (It’s the ‘Think you’re lucky’ thing). And it works with “imdb ice age 2″ too… and wikipedia. It’s really good.

    But since I just discovered the Ctrl+K shortcut, I might try using that too.

  18. Ben (1 comments.) says:

    I use the google toolbar search predominantly over going to the Google homepage. It’s just quicker for me. What can I say, I’m lazy ;)

  19. Simply Coll (1 comments.) says:

    I love the spell check on the Google tool bar and use it all the time. I will use the spell check before I submit this post.. yes I am a terrible speller. Thank you Google :-)

  20. Mary (1 comments.) says:

    Before Firefox I was always on Safari so I guess that I shouldn’t answer the question because we know the google search on the browser since a long time. Thus for me it’s a reflex to use the google bar in my firefox, I only have to open a tab, enter my query and here I go for another web surf ;)
    Since I know that little field for searching without going to ( before I was on PC and didn’t like to download any toolbar since it’s always meant spam and pop-up behind ) I don’t really go on the main page of google. It always give me a strange feeling when I do, like visiting an old and almost forgotten friend :p

  21. Nick [LINICKX] Bettison (2 comments.) says:

    I love the google search bar in firefox, and have to say I only ever visit the google homepage (personal) to check my gmail – and I never visit the plain google homepage. To be honest tho’, other than searching, the only feature I use is the rank button, I like to see the “google view” on the web every now and again ;)

  22. Terrance (2 comments.) says:

    I pretty much use the Google toolbar exclusively for it’s spellcheck capability.

  23. John Von Fagpop (1 comments.) says:

    I use it in Safari constantly and for everything. It’s one less step on the road of findyness.

  24. Caitlin (1 comments.) says:

    I tend to use the search bar firefox comes with. Most of my searches are through google. However, I do try and use A9 once every day or so to keep my discount on Amazon. I also use A9 when I have a specific book I’m looking for because normally it brings up the amazon link within the first few hits and satisfies the “use A9″ requirement for the discount.

  25. shinta (1 comments.) says:

    Ctrl-K on Firefox. Always. I only see google homepage because it’s the default page on one of my computers.

  26. SPIRI (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve the Google Toolbar for Firefox installed, and I really never visit the Google homepage :)

  27. Steve says:

    I never, ever, ever go to the Google homepage — it’s toolbar only for me. I also don’t use the Firefox search bar for Google (though I use it for lots of other things, usually Wikipedia and IMDb) because I can’t live without the toolbar find-on-this-page feature and prefer not to live without easy access to the other Google searches, like Images and Gmail, and remembered searches. My dedication to the toolbar is such that I couldn’t switch to Firefox until it was available.

  28. Nick (3 comments.) says:

    I always use the FF search box or IE toolbar. Why take the extra steps to visit Google’s site? I have FF set to open a new tab on search so that saves another step.

  29. mikkel tscherning (1 comments.) says:

    I dont feel that I get any information from the Google Toolbar that I can use for anything, mind you I’m a Firefox user. I’ve always used the built-in Google search in the browser, and use Google as start page.

  30. parrott (2 comments.) says:

    At first I completely agreed. I never used the search option in the toolbar. BUT after learning CTRL+K (App+K on Mac I think), I think I will really start to use it. Awesome!

  31. Wan Zafran (1 comments.) says:

    I think it’s impossible for me to migrate to any other browser anymore. I’m too used with the CTRL+K keyboard shortcut to the Google search bar, and it’s too damn convenient. And if used in addition with CTRL+T (new tab), then I always have a new search window at my disposal!

    Any other browsers which would like to convert me to their cause needs a Google toolbar CTRL+K shortcut too, heh.

  32. vixenk (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve use the integrated search bar in Opera to search Google, mainly due to convenience and speed. Instead of having to waste time going to the Google homepage, I can simply type in my query in the search bar and go directly to the search results. The Google Toolbar doesn’t offer anything I don’t already have in my browser, and since I also use for my searches, the integrated search bar adds extra value. :)

  33. kristin (4 comments.) says:

    I use the FF search bar with Google 99% of the time. I hardly ever go to the google homepage anymore. I don’t do it out of any sort of preference, it’s just a habbit.

  34. Petit (4 comments.) says:

    I’m a habitual googler and I almost always use the Google toolbar ( for Firefox ) search field to find what I look for. The toolbar has an Ajax method of suggesting search terms,, which sometimes helps me find better terms.

    And it is fast and always available. Recommended

  35. Mike Little (1 comments.) says:

    I use the Google toolbar in Firefox all the time.

    Alt-x, search terms, enter. I rarely type a single word, and I use things like the Google calculator, Dictionary lookup, special questions, and currency conversion all the time too.
    I use the spell check, especially for checking blog posts! Alas it doesn’t work in FF 1.0.7 on Ubuntu Linux.
    I also glance at the page rank of a page I’m viewing occasionally.

  36. Alan says:

    I use the inbuilt search in Firefox, and about 8 custom searches.

  37. Gary Petersen (1 comments.) says:

    Searchbar, all the time, except for a few things I have built with ActiveWords to search off of keywords.

  38. irnis (1 comments.) says:

    I use toolbar almost all time and now, after releasing v4 with custom buttons feature I use the Google Toolbar also for search on Yahoo or MSN :)

    PS: I upload the custom buttons for Yahoo and MSN to

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