Not Using Google Shortcuts? Here’s What You’re Missing

The following article was originally posted September 6, 2010.

Comments from readers:

I have to say that is such a great plugin. It is so customizable and puts all the Google services at one place. I can even remove the separate plugins I have for Gmail and reader.

Great find, Bill. I’m going to be putting this to good use!

Looks fabulous Bill. I removed the Google Toolbar from Firefox as it refused to untick some checkboxes, so this could be a great substitute.

imageDespite my personal view that Google trashes personal privacy rights, I continue to use a fairly large number of Google services, including Gmail, Google Reader, Maps, Calendar, and so on.

Until now, I’ve used my Bookmarks menu in Firefox to access these services, since this method is very convenient. But, when I came across the Google Shortcuts extension for Firefox, all that changed.

An  add-on that can display over 160 Google services as buttons next to the address bar, or in a one-click popup menu, is a sure fire winner with me. And Google Shortcuts for Firefox, or Chrome, can do that – and more.

Adding this extension to either Firefox, or Chrome, is accomplished in the usual manner that most of us are familiar with (you’ll find the download links at the end of this article).

Following installation, I jumped right in – setting up the extension to best serve my particular needs.

You can place your most commonly used Google services as buttons beside the address bar in Firefox, as the following screen capture indicates. This seems like an awkward way to display – eats up a lot of screen real estate.

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The option of using a dropdown menu option instead, as I’ve done here, is a better alternative – at least for me.

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The number of services available is really astonishing. In fact, there are services listed here that I was completely unaware of. Hopefully, G+ will be added shortly.

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Additional control options are available on the advanced options setting screen.

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Requirements: Firefox 2.0 – 6.*, or Chrome

Download at: Mozilla or Google Chrome Extensions

For super convenience, this is one of the better Firefox add-ons I’ve come across – I highly recommend it.

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6 responses to “Not Using Google Shortcuts? Here’s What You’re Missing

  1. Mal

    Pretty cool Bill,
    Just gave it a spin, I like it. Think I will keep it too.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      For those who use any of Google’s services this add-on saves a lot of time and agro. The number of services Google provides still blows my mind. Who knew?

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Bill,

    This fits in nicely with an article I just posted. Cool find…

    Rick

  3. Hi Bill, thanks for posting this again since I missed it the first time around. I can’t believe that there are over 160 Google services you can add—I don’t know how I’ll find room to display more than that! Which Google services would you say should definitely be included in everyone’s add-on?

    • Hey Alexandra,

      Yeah, that’s a big number. :)

      Hard to recommend which services a user should target – other than core Google services of course. Personal needs are just too diverse.

      Bill