Add Google Service Shortcuts To Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 20, 2009
Updated • Sep 14, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Google fanatics who regularly work with multiple Google services such as Google Mail Gmail , Google Reader, Google Docs, Blogger, Orkut and a few dozens more might find the Gbutts add-on for the Firefox web browser helpful.

That is, if they have not created keyboard shortcuts for the Google services that they use or installed an add-on that is already providing quick access to the services that they use.

Gbutts displays a huge list of Google services after installation which can be used to select the Google services that you want to be displayed in Firefox. The services that have been selected are then available as a toolbar that has to be dragged and dropped to a Firefox toolbar.

It can for example be placed next to the address field in the Firefox web browser to provide one click access to the selected Google services.

The selected services can either be displayed as buttons in the toolbar so that they can be clicked on instantly or as a dropdown menu which would save some space in the toolbar if more than a handful of services are selected. The dropdown menu would increase the click count to access one of the Google services to two however.

GButts (that means Google Buttons actually) could be an interesting add-on for users who work with multiple Google services throughout the day and want to access these services as comfortably as possible. Everyone else is probably better of using bookmarks or creating keyboard shortcuts to access the Google services.

Update: The extension is no longer available on the Mozilla Add-ons repository website. You can install the Google Shortcuts extension instead, which provides you with similar access to popular Google services and websites.

The services can be displayed as a button, which is similar to what GButts offered, or as a drop down menu. The menu compacts the services into a smaller area in the browser so that you save space here, but it means that you will have to click once more to access the service you are interested in.


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