If you are running a stock version of Google Chrome you may have encountered the following situation. You are reading an article on a website and stumble upon a word that you want to find out more about. Maybe it is a word that you want to know more about, so you open a dictionary website in a new tab in the browser to read up on it.
Or maybe, it is a place and you want to see more images of it, or maybe it is something else that you are interested in. Whatever it is, you either right-click and select search from the context menu, or open another web page in a new tab in Chrome.
Kikin for Chrome is a free extension for the browser that lets you search with the click of the mouse button. It works by holding down the left mouse button over a word or phrase you are interested in. The extension spawns a web search menu on the right automatically that you can make use of to find out more about it.
The sidebar displays a list if mixed results by default that are sorted in rows in the sidebar. Tabs are available to limit results to certain types, for instance photo or video results, news, or if available, map information.
You can switch between result types easily with a click. Photos are for instance displayed right in the sidebar as thumbnails. What may be even more important is that photos open up in an overlay on the screen which means that you do not have to leave the page you are currently on to view photos.
You can browse photos using that photo viewer, download them directly to your local computer, or open the website it has been published on in a new browser tab.
Video results work in pretty much the same way. The videos play directly in an overlay on the screen, so that you do not have to navigate away from the source page or open a new tab to watch the video.
As far as web results go, they too open up in an overlay. This can be pretty useful to look up a word in a dictionary in a matter of seconds, or read up on something on Wikipedia without having to switch to a different browser tab.
A single word is selected by default whenever you long-press on a page in Chrome. You can use the blue edge icons next to the word to draw the selection over additional words. This is the only way to search for phrases, e.g. Hawaiian Food or Windows 8, using the Kikin extension.
Kikin for Chrome is an excellent search extension for the browser that improves the native search capabilities of it significantly. It not only provides you with near instant results, but also with direct access to those results without leaving the page you are on.
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