Modern Internet browsers, like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and the new Google Chrome have built-in search tools embedded in their graphical user interface. These search tools, also known as search toolbars or simply search-bars can usually be found at the upper right hand corner of the browser, usually beside the URL address bar.
Using this search bar on your Internet browser is a very simple process. Just type in your search keyword and click on the search button or simply press the enter key. Right when you do, the search for the topic you typed will commence. For browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Opera, you could change the default search engine that your search bar uses. You choose from search engines like Yahoo! to Google, to Ask.com, or even to searches in Wikipedia.com and Dictionary.com, among others.
For those who have older versions of Internet browsers on their desktop or laptop computers where the search tool is not integrated, a couple of other steps must be taken in order for this feature to be available for the user.
For Internet browsers that have plug-ins or add-on capabilities like Mozilla Firefox and Opera, you can add certain functionalities known as "browser extensions." Basically these extensions, or "add-ons," as they are called, extend the functionality of the browser to be able to perform other tasks. Add-ons include download manager extensions that make downloading files and images easier, developer add-ons that enable the user to analyze the coding of any given page, and even RSS subscription add-ons where you can quickly add any RSS feed to your RSS feed reader.
For the Internet browser then to have the search tool capability integrated to its graphical user interface, you will have to install a search tool extension into it. You can do this by going to the extensions web page or the add-on or plug-in web page of your browser.
- For Mozilla Firefox for example, go to http://addons.mozilla.com.
- From there, you need to search for a search tool extension. Type in the keywords "search toolbar" or something similar into the extension search field, click search or press the enter button and the site will search for the results you're looking for in their archives.
- When the search is done, you'll see that the page is filled with search results related to your query, which, is in this case, is "search toolbar." Pick the best rated extension listed and click the title, which will lead you to the extension/plug-in page.
- You will see a link that says something along the lines of "Add this extension/plug-in to Firefox." Click that link. (The same link can also be seen even in the results page from your search.)
- A window will pop-up, asking for your confirmation as to whether you would want to install the extension or not. Click "Accept" or "Install." You will see that the extension is now installing itself into your browser.
- Wait till installation is complete. When prompted to restart the browser to be able to use the extension, select "Yes" or "Restart browser."
If these steps are followed correctly on how to install a search tool on your Internet browser you will now see that a search bar is now neatly and seamlessly integrated into your browser. Now, you can have the convenience of searching keywords and queries on the fly without having to type in the URLs of your favorite search portals!
Search tools can also be installed from search engines like Yahoo! Google, and other search engines or websites that offer toolbars as part of their services.