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Google Toolbar Tips

Apr 06, 2006, 02:32am EDT



Whew, we launched a beta of Google Toolbar for Firefox. New features include the ability to set mailto: to go to gmail and integration of the anti-phishing extension.

For power users, here’s a list of a few keyboard shortcuts:

  • alt+s to focus the search box
  • alt+enter to open the search in a new tab (this is the same as Firefox’s built-in search box
  • shift+enter to do an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search

Additionally, some of the features are tweakable in about:config.

  • google.toolbar.blogthis_url changes the BlogThis! url. $1 is the URL, $2 is the page title, and $3 is any selected text.
  • google.toolbar.mailto.* changes the mailto handling. You can add providers to the list. Add a new provider (e.g., = [url]) then set the default at google.toolbar.mailto.default.


lwu at Apr 07, 2006, 03:02am EDT


how hard would it to write an ff extension that saves the font size i set manually for a given domain or other prefix pattern matched on the URL?

i hate setting it manually every time i go back to the same page, but there’s no uniform text size that works for every web page.

tony at Apr 07, 2006, 03:18am EDT

Site specific CSS is available in Firefox 1.5.

rakesh at Aug 21, 2006, 08:33am EDT

I have installed the firefox extension called Sage and its window is activated when I press the Alt+S keys, so how do I remap the key for focussing on the google-toolbar search space to some other key combination ?