Installing the Google Toolbar

If you’re not (yet) using Google Toolbar, you must begin immediately. I mean it. I’m not cutting any slack on this point. It will change your life. It will consolidate awesome information power a click away at all times. It will both deepen and streamline your relationship to Google. You will be free to worship the oracular power of the Googlebeast at all times, in all (virtual) places.

The Toolbar installation process is almost completely automated. You just click your way through a few buttons before Google takes over. Follow these steps:

1. Go to this page:

2. From the drop-down menu, scroll down and select a language.

3. Click the GET THE GOOGLE TOOLBAR! button.

(The Google folks are just as insistent as I am.)

4. On the next page, click the Terms of Service link.

The TOS specify that Google owns the Toolbar, that Google is not responsible if it blows up your computer (it won’t), and that you can’t try to make money from the Toolbar (for example, by charging admission to watch you Google with it, which sounds a little bit disgusting).

5. Click the Back button to return to the previous page.


(Must they shout?) Now comes yet another notice involving Google’s privacy policy. This one you must read. It explains that installing Google Toolbar with advanced features, including the PageRank indicator, allows Google to collect anonymous information about your Web surfing. Google uses this information to calculate accurate PageRanks, thereby improving the performance of the entire service. However, you may opt out of the advanced features on this page, if the thought of surfing feedback clashes with your sense of privacy. Furthermore, after installation, you can visit the Toolbar Options page to activate certain advanced features while still disabling PageRank feedback.

7. At the bottom of the page, click the INSTALL WITH ADVANCED FEATURES button or INSTALL WITHOUT ADVANCED FEATURES button.

Google Toolbar downloads and bolts onto your browser at this point. A security window might appear in Windows, requesting permission to proceed. (Click the Yes button.) Installation takes five to ten seconds over a high-speed connection; phone modems might require a minute or two. When the process is finished, you see the Toolbar attached to your browser.

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