I was lost and searching for myself after hearing the devastating news about Ars Technica: The search giant dropped the Google bar after nearly 21 years, longer than most projects. the company lets live. (A recent newsletter effort did not exceed three months).
There was no ceremony, no announcement, no moment of silence, no closing, just a “no longer available.” That is what Google has now in its Install the help of the Google bar page; It tells you how to uninstall the Google Toolbar and install Chrome instead.
It seems unrealistic that Google is quietly abandoning a tool that was, in 2008, responsable for 12 percent of all Google searches, and then convincing a new generation on the internet that everyone should download Chrome if they like to Google that much. Chrome is greatpenalty fee?), but it’s not what it used to be.
I have a confession: I was not a user of the Google bar, but we had a relationship. The Google bar existed to help me blame her for my family and friends’ computer problems. If they ask me about tweaking their computer or complain about slow loading websites – I told them it’s the Google bar and I was happy to uninstall it for them.
It always seemed to work too: removing not only the Google bar but also Yahoo! Toolbar, Ask Jeeves Toolbar, or any toolbar would give back so much screen real estate (we’re talking about the 1024 x 768 screen resolution days of the 2000s) that there was at least the perception of a fine-tuning. Sure, you’d still end up going the extra mile and really fix your real problems, but every removal from Google’s ubiquitous toolbar felt almost like a material change.
The popularity of the Google bar, and other browser toolbars, in the 2000s was what prompted web browsers to adopt web searches as a built-in feature. Internet Explorer 7 (2006) was one of the first browsers to have a dedicated search field next to the address bar, speeding up web searches, although the default search engine was Microsoft Live Search, much to the dismay of many. . That is why Google Toolbar would continue to thrive and build a dependency on users’ Google services for years to come.
With Chrome dominating web browser use since 2012, redundant web search fields have finally come to an end. Now let’s get together and install the Google Bar one last time to celebrate her life and let her rest in peace:
- Look for a PC that has Internet Explorer, preferably IE8 or newer. It could be your first build with a Pentium 4 and Radeon All-In-Wonder that your family threatens to dispose of. The important thing is that it must be a computer that no one is using, that you do not care about, or that you would not otherwise mind having toolbars added to Internet Explorer. I found a Windows XP x64 Edition PC so it should work!
- Find and install the Google bar. Some free software sites I still have it, or if you are lucky there may be about three toolbar installers in the download folder of any old PC. Open the installer and run it. After installation, it will close all browsers and reopen Internet Explorer. Congratulations, the Google bar is here!
- Consider your search options. You can search Google in your new Google toolbar, Google in Google.com, or Google in the web search field, although you would have to remove the default live search or Bing (in my case it was mywebsearch.com, which would probably be inadvertently or maliciously configured on this PC). In the default search provider window that appears, select Google (this is a tribute to the Google bar, after all).
- Try logging in with your Google account to enjoy the full experience. Click the Login button on the right side of the bar. You will get error messages and a Google login popup that is not good. If you enter your credentials, it will give you another error message, so maybe not bother. Suppose it works, let’s quietly close the error messages, close the login window, and continue.
- Enable geolocation. Go to Toolbar Options> Tools in the tools menu. Check “My Location”. We can also contribute to a decade or two of targeted ad tracking while we’re at it, right?
- A moment of silence. Click the About tab on the toolbar. Gasp at the fact that you just upgraded to the final version of the Google bar.
- Share your favorite sites on social media. In the More button on the toolbar, you can translate the page, share it on social media, and more. MySpace and Google Plus are the recommended places to share.
- Uninstall the toolbar (optional). It’s very easy with just two clicks: next to the wrench icon in a drop-down menu, click “Uninstall.” Or instead go ahead and you could get a plugin for your Google bar.
- Get Yahoo! toolbar. Find it in the same places where you found the Google bar. They are the same steps, but more terrifying.
- Experience search overload. Internet Explorer will ask you again which default provider to use. Always feel conflicted when choosing between the two … there is not much else you can do.
- It’s time to put the Google bar to rest. Turn off the PC. If it’s a computer you don’t care about, skip the shutdown. Just press and hold the power button so the last thing the computer does is operate the Google bar. If you’ve made it this far, I’m proud of you. You are a strong and beautiful human. Now we can finally let the Google bar rest.
- Cousin: I came across another relic Google desktop! You may find this on an old PC that you purchase. The show came out in 2007 (full version) and it was basically a Sherlock – but for any PC. Google would index all your files so you could find anything and interact through a web browser. It comes with a sidebar for widgets like weather and RSS feeds. I tried adding The edge RSS, but it was not loading. Google Desktop was discontinued in 2011.
And that’s it. If you really feel like you need another toolbar fix, the Yahoo! Toolbar somehow it still exists, but now as an extension for Firefox.