GooglePreview

Do you use Internet Explorer quite a bit? How about Google or Yahoo!? If you do, are you tired of opening Web search results, only to find out they’re duds? Have you wasted enough of your precious time on those broken links? Well, apart from avoiding Web searches altogether, there is a solution and it’s called GooglePreview. Originally designed for Firefox, this handy little gadget (or add on) displays a thumbnail of the Web page next to the search result in Google and Yahoo! Sound good? If so, here’s how to install it in Internet Explorer:

1.) Go to http://www.googlepreview.com and at the very top of the page, there’s a link for the Internet Explorer version of GooglePreview (titled GooglePreviewIE).

2.) There are two ways you can download GooglePreviewIE. If you’re worried about spyware (I don’t blame you!), choose option A below. If you trust me, go to option B.

a.) First, I just want you to know that I would never subject you all to spyware, but with it being all over the Internet these days, it’s good to be cautious. I mean, eight out of 10 computers are infected with some sort of spyware and 50 percent of computer crashes are caused by it. So, if you want to take the safest route, choose the CNET Download.com option (on the right in the picture above). CNET is a reputable company that always checks its hosted material for malicious activity.

b.) On the other hand, if you trust me, go ahead and click on the “Install version 1.4” option (on the left). Click Run and then install the software.

3.) Next, take some time to read through the End User License Agreement and checkmark the box below it when you’re finished.

4.) Install the program and then click Finish to complete the process.

5.) Open up a new Internet Explorer window and then go to www.google.com. Right away, you’ll notice a toolbar at the top of the page that looks like this:

6.) If that bothers you, right click on the toolbar and click on GooglePreview Toolbar to make it disappear.

7.) Type any old search term in the box (if you’re strapped for ideas, try WorldStart, which is what I’ll be using as an example) and hit Enter.

8.) What’s that? A thumbnail for each of your search results is positioned to the left of the search result itself!

How cool is that? Give it a try for yourself today and as always, happy Googling!

~ Brandon Zubek